Following the Dec. 31 theft, Barrington police shared information about the incident with the media and received two tips. One person had posted a news story about the shoplifter to her Facebook page; another person read that post and reportedly recognized the suspect from the surveillance image. Another person read about the incident in the newspaper and told a manager at Shaw’s she knew who the suspect was.
Both tips led to Jose Edward Tavares, a 42-year-old Warren resident.
Barrington police met with Warren officers and discussed the case. They then stopped by Mr. Tavares’ apartment on Union Street and interviewed the suspect, who had allegedly tried to steal a number of steaks and one pork tenderloin from the Shaw’s in the Barrington Shopping Center. After he was confronted at the store’s exit, Mr. Tavares reportedly dropped the steaks and ran off with the tenderloin.
During the interview with police, Mr. Tavares was reportedly wearing a jacket that matched the one he was wearing in the surveillance image. Officers also said Mr. Tavares admitted to shaving his mustache shortly after the New Year’s Eve incident.
Police charged Mr. Tavares with shoplifting.