TIVERTON — Acting quickly on a call from Tiverton police, TF Green Airport police at 5:53 Tuesday evening arrested a local man suspected in an armed robbery of a Tiverton grocery store the week before Thanksgiving.
The bust was made just as the man was attempting to board an airplane headed to Florida.
Tiverton Police Captain Patrick Jones said that immediately after being apprehended at the airport, the suspect — Jarod Sheldon, 24, of 281 Kearns Avenue, Tiverton — was handed over to Tiverton police.
He was arraigned Wednesday morning in Newport District Court and charged with first degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and felony assault (using a gun to commit a robbery), Captain Jones said.
The robbery of Dania Food Mart at 861 Main Road in Tiverton took place on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at approximately 3:52 p.m., said Captain Jones, and involved two men, both of whom are now in custody.
Mr. Sheldon, wearing a mask and carrying a .38 caliber revolver, Captain Jones said, allegedly entered the food mart, pointed the gun at the store clerk, and demanded money at the register. After obtaining the money he fled the scene.
The other man involved in the incident, Andrew Paiva, 24, of 14 Cottage Avenue, Portsmouth, has been in custody since Friday, Nov. 22 at 4:30 p.m., and evidently did not enter the store, Captain Jones said, but based on the investigation his participation was sufficient enough for him to have been charged by Tiverton police with first degree armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. He was also charged by the Portsmouth Police Department with larceny of a firearm.
According to police, surveillance video of the incident aided in the investigation.
On Nov. 27, after the robbery, police published a Rhode Island “Most Wanted” bulletin concerning the incident, describing Mr. Sheldon “as being 5’10,” approximately 155 pounds, with brown hair, and hazel eyes. He has a tattoo of a cross with rosary beads on his forearm.”
Tiveton Police Detective Jay Dunlea led the investigation, said Captain Jones.