Two Arraigned for Alleged Outlet Shoplifting
A Rhode Island man and woman were charged with taking over $1,000 worth of merchandise.
Two Providence, RI residents were arraigned in Wrentham District Court on Friday on charges that they shoplifted around $1,000 worth of merchandise from stores in the outlets and the surrounding area.
Michael J. Demedieros, 47, of 64 Toronto Ave. and Juliana M. Lorenzana, 50, of 34 Broom St. were both charged with larceny of more than $250 and four counts of receiving stolen property.
Judge Emogene Johnson Smith imposed a $500 bail on Demedieros. Lorenzana was released on personal recognizance.
Wrentham Police Sgt. James Barrett wrote in an affidavit that he responded to the Wrentham Outlets on Nov. 4 at around 7:20pm on a report of shoplifting at the True Religion Jeans store.
On arrival, he said he was hailed by the manager of the store, who had two pair of jeans she said Lorenzana had in a Levi's shopping bag. Lorenzana reportedly denied knowing the jeans were stolen, saying a man, Demedieros, had placed them in her bag.
Barrett said he learned of a male suspect being held by the Brooks Brothers store, and said another sergeant went to investigate.
Barrett said he spoke to Lorenzana, who reportedly said she came to the outlets with Demedieros in her rented vehicle.
According to Barrett, Demedieros was arrested, as he had been described by store employees as concealing merchandise under his coat.
Barrett said Lorenzana consented to a search of her car, and said numerous new goods were found there. Among the items found, he said, were Nike work boots, women's Aerosole shoes and a dozen articles of clothing in the trunk.
According to Barrett, Lorenzana said she had a receipt for several of the items, but was unable to explain the rest of the merchandise. He said police arrested her on a charge of receiving stolen property.
Barrett said he reviewed surveillance video, and concluded that Lorenzana and Demedieros were in a joint venture. He said Lorenzana had been handing items to Demedieros, who concealed them under his coat.