WESTERLY — A local man was arrested Friday night after the police said he was found in possession of two bracelets that had been stolen from the Kohl's store in the Groton Square Shopping Plaza earlier in the day.
The man, Jordan Rosetta, 23, of 3 Concord Court in Westerly, was charged with one count of receiving stolen goods, a misdemeanor. He was released on a promise to appear for arraignment in Fourth Division District Court on May 10.
"The theft did not take place in Westerly and he will need to face charges, if pursued, where the theft took place," Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said. It would be up to the Town of Groton police to apply for a warrant and seek extradition if necessary, the chief said. Police and court records on Tuesday indicated that Rosetta had not been charged in Connecticut.
The Groton town police alerted Westerly officers to the theft at about 5 p.m. Friday. Lacey said that Rosetta was accused of entering the store with two bracelets, each valued at about $300, that had been inventoried earlier in the day. When he tried to return the bracelets to the customer service counter, employees realized there was a problem and denied his request, the police said. He took the bracelets and quickly left, the police said.
Store employees took down the license plate of Rosetta's car, a Nissan Altima, and after determining that Rosetta was the owner, the Groton police contacted the Westerly department and said he was wanted for questioning. Lacey said an initial patrol search was unsuccessful.
Around 7 p.m., a patrol officer found the car parked along Spuchy Drive with a flat tire. Police searched for Rosetta in the area, but were unable to locate him. As the officers were preparing to have the car towed, Lacey said Rosetta walked back toward the car with the two bracelets on his wrist.
Rosetta told officers that a friend had recently bought the bracelets for him. Police photographed the bracelets, which matched the ones reported stolen, Lacey said. The bracelets were seized as evidence and Rosetta was charged.