Police Seek Help Identifying Suspect After Card Alert Advised Woman To Steal Purse | Police and courts
WEST – Police are calling on the public to be vigilant and seeking help in identifying a man suspected of being involved in the theft of a handbag in Westerly Town Beach last week after the owner was alerted when she received multiple credit card alerts while still sitting on them. the beach.
Westerly Police asked for help via Facebook on Monday, asking the public to identify the suspect, a man described as wearing a hat and a “separate t-shirt” that read “Talk ‘Dirty’ to Me “. The man was seen using a credit card recovered from the stolen purse in surveillance footage at 7-Eleven and Walmart stores in Westerly.
Police said the victim called to report the theft around 4:30 p.m. Friday as she enjoyed the early evening at Westerly Town Beach on Atlantic Avenue in Misquamicut. An investigation determined that the woman had left her handbag, a Louis Vuitton bag estimated to be worth $ 1,800, in her car and was still on the beach when her bag, which contained credit cards, her driver’s license and other personal effects.
“It’s a reminder to never feel too comfortable and to remember to always remove your valuables and lock your car,” said Chief of Police Shawn Lacey.
Lacey said officers were able to trace the use of the card to Walmart and Dunn’s Corners Mobil, but three other transaction attempts, including two attempts at 7-Eleven on Post Road, were rejected. Walmart and 7-Eleven cameras captured footage of the suspect, he said, and were used to provide an image to the public.
Those with information or those who can identify the individual are asked to call Westerly Police at 401-596-2022 or the Westerly Police Hotline at 401-348-6131.
– Jason VallÃ©e