Detective Thomas Gormley was following leads in the investigation of a breaking and entering on Valley Street in Blackstone, MA May 13, learning that items similar to those taken from the break-in had been sold at Gold Loan Exhange in Woonsocket, recently, leading to an arrest.
Gormley spoke with the manager of Gold Loan Exhange May 8, learning that a woman had been in recently, selling him a Panasonic LCD 32" TV, a Sony Playstation, and an XBox 360 for $140. The items were among those reported taken from the Blackstone home, according to Gormley's report.
With a description of the person and a name in hand, Gormley began patrolling the area of Grove Street and Crawford Street, finding the person, Sarah Bowser, 25 of 56 Crawford St., Woonsocket outside the address sitting on the steps May 15 at about 5 p.m.
Durign an interview with Bowser at Woonsocket Police Headquarters, after she was read her Miranda rights, the woman said she had been called by a friend who had asked her to pick him up in Bellingham and drive him to his relatives' home in Blackstone. Once there, she waited while he went inside. Bower's friend came out with a laundry basket with the stolen items in it, which she then took to Gold Loan Exhange, selling them for $140. She said her friend gave her $10 for making the transaction for him.
Bowser was charged with obtaining money under false pretenses, receiving stolen goods and possession of stolen property out of state, all misdemeanors.
The theft remains under investigation.