Two individuals arrested for shopliftingItems allegedly stolen from 30 island stores
New Shoreham Police charged two women with shoplifting goods from Block Island stores on Saturday, Aug. 3. The women allegedly stole 87 items from 30 island stores, according to New Shoreham Police.
Annette G. Pollack, 58, of Braintree, Mass. was charged with a felony of receiving stolen goods, and a misdemeanor of shoplifting. Elyse Naso, 62, of New York, N.Y. was charged with receiving stolen goods.
The two allegedly shoplifted “thousands of dollars worth of clothing,” said Police Chief Vincent Carlone. Carlone added that both individuals have arrest records for “larceny-related crimes in various states.”
The women were caught after the shopowner of the Peppered Cat observed missing items, and saw Pollack enter the store multiple times — sometimes wearing different clothing, according to shopowner Meaghan Hobe and confirmed by Carlone.
“Saturday was my busiest day,” said Hobe, whose store is on Water Street. “You try to look up and you hope everybody is being honest. But then we found empty hangers.”
Hobe said that she had two Spanx bathing suits stolen, which cost $188 a piece.
Hobe said she was approached by Kelly Case, manager of the nearby retail store Bonnie & Clyde, who had a photo of Pollack and information about her identity.
“Her [Pollack’s] name came right up under shoplifting stories,” said Hobe. Hobe then notified the New Shoreham Police. Pollack later re-entered the Peppered Cat, where she was caught by the police.
The police then accompanied Pollack back to her hotel room, where they also found Naso removing tags from all the clothing, said Carlone.