Thanks to a lot of legwork from Officer William Loux, a 28-year-old Cranston man fases charges of larceny and felony credit card fraud after stealing a wallet in and going on a shopping spree around the city.
Police said Luis Pereira, of 11 Mozart Street, stole a wallet, sunglasses and a social security card from a car parked outside restaurant in August. The car belonged to an employee who discovered the theft after finishing his shift.
About a week later, the victim recieved notices from his bank that his MasterCard was used five times two days after the theft at liquor stores, a pharmacy and a pizza parlor.
Officer Loux studied surveillance tapes from each indident and noticed each involved a white male wearing camouflage shorts. A tape from Healy's Liquors, where the culprit spent $100.94, allowed Loux to identify the suspect as Pereira.
Armed with a warrant, police began to look for Pereira.
The break in the case came on Sept. 28, when Officer Mallory Reis responded to the on a report of a larceny. Store employees told Reis that a white male wearing a red T-shirt, white cargo shorts and a Yakees baseball hat walked into the store and stole $300 worth of Sonic Care toothrbushes and ran out without paying.
The suspect took off in a black SUV with stolen plates.
Later that night, Reis, while on patorl near on Pontiac Avenue, saw a white male walking who matched the description given in the CVS shoplifting incident three-and-a-half hours earlier.
Reis stopped the man and discovered he was Luis Pereira. He was taken into custody once Reis saw that Pereira was wanted for the August larceny case investigated by Officer Loux.
CVS store employees positively identified Pereira as the man who stole the toothrbrushes.
Pereira was charged with midemeanor counts of larceny and shoplifting and a felony count of fraudulent use of a credit card. Bail was set at $2,000 with surety after an arraignment and he will return to Third Division District Court on Oct. 6.