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WPD: Video Shows Lincoln Man Taking Launch Clerk’s i-Phone

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 — Warwick Police took custody of a Lincoln man from Cumberland Police March 28, wanted on a larceny warrant after officers viewed video of him stealing an iPhone from the desk of Launch Trampoline Park at 920 Bald Hill Road in Warwick March 9.

On March 10, Det. Matthew Smith responded to the trampoline park and spoke with a clerk at the business, who said that her cell phone had been stolen by a man she had observed on video taking it from the counter near the entrance, according to the officer’s report.

The clerk said she recognized the man, who had filled out a waiver to use the trampolines, and was able to further identify him through his family’s Facebook account, as Pedro Colon, 48, of 138 Lonsdale Main St., Lincoln. The clerk was also able to identify the man’s wife, for whom she had a phone number, also taken from a waiver to use the park that day, according to the report.

Smith contacted the wife, who returned the phone, telling him that Colon said he’d taken it thinking it belonged to the family. However, when returned, Smith reported, it was clear the phone’s sim card had been removed, preventing it from being tracked. Also, the clerk reviewed the video and remained convinced the phone had been deliberately stolen, according to the report. The woman decided to press charges.

Smith also reviewed the video, seeing that Colon removed the phone from an employee-only area of the desk, and that he did not check with his family to see if the phone belonged to them. Smith secured an arrest warrant for Colon for larceny less than $1,500, (approximately $1,049).

When Smith and Officer Ryan Shibley picked Colon up from the Cumberland Police Department and transported him to Warwick Police Headquarters March 28, he was held overnight as a probation violator for a separate hearing on that matter in Third District Court.

Rob Borkowski
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