Police seek help in identifying man who stole woman’s wallet at Aldi

Police seek help in identifying man who stole woman’s wallet at Aldi

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A surveillance photo issued by Westerly police helped officers to track down a man wanted in connection with a May 4 theft of a woman's day planner from the Aldi Supermarket on Franklin Street on May 4. | Photo courtesy Westerly Police Department

WESTERLY — The search continues for a man who police said stole a woman’s organizer containing credit cards and cash at Aldi Supermarket last week, all of which was captured on the store’s security cameras.

Westerly police last week released an image of the man, who was described as being heavyset with a beard containing patches of gray. The man is suspected in a May 4 theft at Aldi Supermarket, 100 Franklin St., and Capt. Shawn Lacey said a store camera captured images of the entire incident.

Lacey said the victim, a 59-year-old local woman, was shopping and had completed her transaction before forgetting her organizer at a nearby counter. The store provides a separate counter area for customers to bag their groceries after making a purchase and the woman, who realized she forgot the organizer after returning to her car, ran frantically back inside after realizing she’d left it behind.

“We have footage which shows the man grab the organizer and slide it into the front part of his carriage,” Lacey said. “The woman comes back in frantically and he ignores her, walking out as the store staff is trying to help.”

The woman initially reported the possible theft to store staff, Lacey said, and a manager reached back out to the victim on May 7 after the store was able to review footage and found images that identified the man who took her organizer. The store and the woman then contacted police, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officer Matt John at 401-348-6180 or the Westerly Police Department’s main number at 401-596-2022.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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