Woman who picked up $100 bill charged with misdemeanor larceny


On Jan. 9, 2018, the Warwick Police Department charged Dorothy Andrade, 76, with one count of misdemeanor larceny, which carries the possibility of up to one year of jail time and as much as a $500 fine.

The charge stemmed from an investigation into the theft of a one hundred dollar bill that occurred at the Burlington store on Nov. 4, 2017.

Warwick Police Department posted a surveillance video of the incident on Jan. 5, 2018 on its Facebook page, which shows the suspect picking up the bill just seconds after the rightful owner drops it while waiting in line to check out. The woman makes no attempt to alert the victim that she had dropped the money and instead puts it into her purse located in her shopping cart.

Shortly after posting the video, information was developed that led to Andrade’s arrest. She was summoned to appear in Third District Court at a later date.

Andrade is not protected by the so-called “finders keepers” provision in state larceny law because she could clearly ascertain who the true owner of the money was prior to taking possession of it.


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Crime of opportunity; however, it's probably wise to not commit an offense in your home town, particularly in RI where everyone is usually just two degrees from everyone else...she knows better.

Besides, if most people knew BEFORE they were arrested how much video surveillance and loss prevention is used in the malls they wouldn't think of stealing from others or shoplifting.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Big Brother is watching you.

Friday, January 12, 2018


"Big Brother" refers to government observation; if being watched by businesses that are tired of having their property stolen makes you uncomfortable, simply don't shop anywhere that uses surveillance technologies and/or loss prevention staff and relies on human character and honesty instead...good luck with that, by the way.

I guess you just leave your parents' front door open when you go out for treats?

Friday, January 12, 2018

I know that big brother refers to government.

Just remember that Google, Facebook, etc are used by the government as a surveillance tool. You think that Walmart, Target, and brick and mortar stores don't follow suit?

I bet the file on you is nice and thick.

Friday, January 12, 2018


That's why "Cash is King"- don't use "rewards" cards or non-cash payment methods; when it comes to what the gov't. may deem "suspicious" purchases, buy through a cutout.

My "File"...comical...

Monday, January 15, 2018

Your file RISchadenfreude goes back to your permanent record in grade school. Just remember that when the boys in blue pull you over for a broken tail light.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


You're assuming that the Gov't. cares that much about you, or that law enforcement has that kind of information at their immediate disposal...they don't.

Fortunately, a majority of my "files" are not electronic, not that I'm worried about it.

"Hey...how long has that van been parked there?" LOL...if this paranoia continues, seek help.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

For what it's worth on the "record."

This past April I was pulled over by Warwick PD for a minor traffic violation.

The officer mad mention of a speeding ticket I got in 1995(!) when going into his dooshhhbag tough guy, "I'm the man" routine. I laughed at him, 1995, really?

Anyway, yeah, you can use all the cash you want but there is a record on you.

If you've ever owned a phone (cell or line), rented an apartment or hotel room, bought a car for over 10K (even paying cash), bought a home, taken a book out of the library, attended a public school, or voted among countless other activities, there is a "file" on you.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018