WESTERLY — A Providence man with a history of shoplifting has been charged after police said he was connected to the theft of hundreds of dollars worth of health and beauty products from the Stop & Shop at Westerly Crossing on at least three occasions since November.
Brendan M. Barry, 51, was arraigned in Fourth Division District Court Friday on three counts each of felony shoplifting and acting as a habitual shoplifter. Barry did not enter a plea, according to state records, and was ordered held in lieu of bond. He remains in custody at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.
Westerly Police Chief Richard Silva said Monday that Providence police turned him over last week after learning the department had a warrant. Silva said the charges stem from an investigation into separate thefts from Stop & Shop in November 2017, as well as in March and May of this year.
“He has a lengthy history of shoplifting thefts, which led to the additional charges,” Silva explained.
According to police, on three separate occasions, surveillance footage captured by the store showed Barry entering the store and walking to the health and beauty section. On each occasion, police said he took items such as Crest white strips, Gillette razors, and medications including Prevacid, Nexium and Zantac.
He left with approximately $790 in merchandise in the March theft and “several hundred” dollars’ worth of merchandise in each of the November and May thefts, police indicated.
Westerly Police Capt. Shawn Lacey said following the March theft that the department had worked with other departments in the state in order to identify him. In addition, police confirmed that he is the target of similar investigations in both Connecticut and Massachusetts as well, although it was unclear if he would face any additional charges.
The case was referred to Washington County Superior Court for felony review in August, court records show.