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WPD Charges Two Women for Using Stolen EBT Card at Price Rite

[CREDIT: WPD] Warwick Police arrested Naomi Ramsdell, 30, Central Falls, and Robin Houle, 49, Warwick, Feb. 21, for using a stolen EBT card to purchase groceries.

WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police arrested andcharged two women with conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretensesFeb. 21 after they turned themselves in following a WPDFacebook post showing them using a stolen EBT card at the Bald Hill Road

Price Rite.

[CREDIT: WPD] Warwick Police arrested Naomi Ramsdell, 30, Central Falls, and Robin Houle, 49, Warwick, Feb. 21, for using a stolen EBT card to purchase groceries.
[CREDIT: WPD] Warwick Police arrested Naomi Ramsdell, 30, Central Falls, and Robin Houle, 49, Warwick, Feb. 21, for using a stolen EBT card to purchase groceries.

Det. Matthew Smith, who posted the photos ofthe women, arrested Robin Houle, 49, of 3 Elmore St., Warwick, and NaomiRamsdell, 30, of 80 Hedley Ave., Apt. 1, Central Falls, for using the EBT card,which had been reported stolen, according to the officer’s report.

Smith reported that Ramsdell contacted him byphone shortly after he posted the photos to the WPD Facebook page to tell himthat she and the other woman in the photos, her mother, Houle, would come toWarwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive, to speak with himabout using the card.

Ramsdell told Smith that on Jan. 19, a womanapproached her in the Price Rite parking lot and asked if she and her mother

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wanted to buy food stamps. Ramsdell said the woman offered them $250 worth offood stamps for $100 in cash, according to the report.

Ramsdell said they agreed, and each gave thewoman $50, receiving the EBT card in exchange. She said the woman then offeredthe remaining balance of the card for an additional $100, but she only had $72,which the woman accepted. She said they agreed to meet at McDonald’s on BroadStreet in Providence to return the card.

Ramsdell said she and Houle purchasedgroceries for their own use at the Price Rite, and that she later visited theStop and Shop on Garfield Avenue in Cranston to make a second purchase.Ramsdell said she returned to the McDonalds to return the card as agreed.

Houle repeated the story, adding that they hadalso been given the Personal Identification Number to use the EBT card.

Each woman described the woman who had sold

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the EBT credit to them as a short, light-skinned woman with dark hair. When asked to identify the woman from a photoseries, neither woman was able to correctly identify the owner of the EBT card,according to the report.

Smith charged the women and they were laterreleased, each on $100 bail.