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WPD Finds Craft Beer Guild’s Stolen Ramps With Employee’s Description

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Warwick, RI – A sharp eye for detail on the part of an employee allowed Warwick Police Officers to quickly track down a pair of $1,800 steel truck ramps stolen from the Craft Beer Guild Feb. 11 at about 5:58 p.m.

Officers were called to the 225 Metro Centre Blvd. business that night for a larceny in progress. The person making the report, Robert Morrone, 31, an employee, told officers he had returned to work that night to see the company’s diamond plate steel truck ramps being loaded into the back of a red and light-colored truck, which he watched leave the scene, according to Officer Matthew Higgins’ report.

Morrone told Higgins he had seen the truck’s registration. Higgins looked up the plate, finding it registered to 109 Bend St. in Warwick. Two other officers, Manuel Pacheco and John Zaborski, drove to the address, where they saw a truck matching Morrone’s description pull into the driveway.

The officers removed the driver, identified as Patrick Ormerod, 47, from the truck, arresting him, according to Higgins’ report.

During the arrest, Omerod said to officers, “You got me. I did it,” according to Pacheco’s report.

Ormerod told the officers he’d seen the ramps, which he could use for work, behind the Craft Beer Guild building, and loaded them into his truck, according to police reports. He said his wife told him not to take the ramps, and attempted to call police when he did take them. He said he was out of work and hurting for money, according to Pacheco’s report.

Police charged Ormerod with larceny greater than $1,500, a felony. Ormerod is scheduled to answer the charge March 23 in Sixth District Court.


Rob Borkowski
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