EG Woman Charged With Shoplifting
Debra J. Sroka, 41, of 330 South Rd. in East Greenwich was arrested Oct. 16 at 2:31 p.m. on charges of shoplifting at Walmart.
An employee began to follow Sroka after she was noticed acting “suspiciously.” The employee reportedly saw Sroka put several items into shopping bags that were already in her carriage and leave the store without attempting to pay. She was intercepted outside and brought back into the store’s office where an asset protection officer found $280 worth of stolen merchandise in her carriage. According to reports, Sroka told police she shoplifted because she was in “financial dire straits” and needed food and basic supplies for her family.
'I Didn't Do Anything Wrong'
Terry L. Bruskie, 27, of 561 Lafayette Rd. in North Kingstown was arrested Oct. 16 at 10:08 p.m. on charges of driving with a suspended license. According to the arresting officer, Bruskie was on the phone with someone when the officer pulled him over and was heard saying, “They are harassing me. I didn’t do anything wrong.” The officer, who was familiar with Bruskie from past encounters with law enforcement, found that Bruskie was driving on a suspended license. After placing Bruskie under arrest, officers allegedly found two unused syringes, an empty bag that appeared to have contained heroin and one pill bottle containing psychotropic medication. During processing, Bruskie allegedly told the officer that the empty bag had contained “dope.”
Noellia Prospere, 18, and Atheena Walwyn, 20, both of 162 Main Street in Exeter were arrested Oct. 18 at 7:50 p.m. on charges of shoplifting and conspiracy.
Employees had been monitoring the two women as they shopped and allegedly saw them attempt to hide items in Prospere’s purse before leaving the store without paying. Prospere was confronted in the store’s parking lot and brought back inside to the office to await police. Employees found Walwyn within the store and also brought her to the office.
The two allegedly admitted to pre-planning the shoplifting scheme. In total, they attempted to shoplift $214.88 worth of merchandise, including a pair of panties, body wash, wallets, a clutch, sports bras, eye drops and more.