|Teandra Rose, age 50, of 199 Pavilion Ave., Providence RI|
|Howard Watson, age 54, of 199 Pavilion Ave., Providence, RI|
On March 17, 2012 at about 5:30 p.m., Wrentham Police Officers on detail
at the Wrentham Mall were notified of a shoplifting at the True Religion
Store. Information received indicated a male suspect, later identified
as Howard Watson, age 54, of 199 Pavilion Ave., Providence, RI, entered
True Religion carrying a Nike bag. A female accomplice, later identified
as Teandra Rose, age 50, of 199 Pavilion Ave., Providence RI, was
reported to be with him.
Watson was observed crouching next to a display filling his bag with
jeans. When confronted by an employee, Watson dumped the bag on the
floor, pushed the employee out of the way and fled to the parking lot.
Detail Officer Ed Fitzgerald who was on foot at the time, spotted the
suspects as they ran into the parking lot, entered a green Oldsmobile
Cutlass and sped away toward the exit.
Detail Officer Robert O'Connell who was in a cruiser gave chase onto Rt.
495 where he stopped the vehicle, assisted by Det. Lt. Bill McGrath and
Mass. State Police. Both suspects were placed under arrest and ten pairs
of jeans were recovered from the car.
Follow up investigation and review of video surveillance from the store,
revealed a total of 31 pairs of jeans, estimated value about $6000.00,
were stolen over two separate visits within about an hour of each other.
The suspects used a large plastic Nike shopping bag lined heavily with
duct tape, a common method employed by booster gangs that frequent the
mall. The duct tape is meant to defeat the inventory control system;
however, the tactic frequently fails because of enhanced technology.
Both suspects were charged with shoplifting. Mr. Watson was also charged
with assault & battery on the employee. Ms. Rose was additionally
charged for providing a false name to police.