Westport man charged with stealing Christmas presents

John Taylor III faces multiple charges including identity fraud and shoplifting

By Ted Hayes
Posted 2/7/23

Westport police have charged a Cornell Road man with stealing Christmas presents and other items from his neighbors over the past three months.

Armed with search and arrests warrants, police on …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Register to post events


If you'd like to post an event to our calendar, you can create a free account by clicking here.

Note that free accounts do not have access to our subscriber-only content.

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.


Westport man charged with stealing Christmas presents

John Taylor III faces multiple charges including identity fraud and shoplifting

Posted

Westport police have charged a Cornell Road man with stealing Christmas presents and other items from his neighbors over the past three months.

Armed with search and arrests warrants, police on Monday arrested John A. Taylor III, 51, charging him with four counts of larceny under $1,200, identity fraud, attempting to commit a crime, shoplifting and receiving stolen property under $1,200.

He was arrested following an investigation by the Westport Police Department that started last November, when police began taking reports of mail and packages stolen from mailboxes along Cornell Road, Judge's Way and Perseverance Lane. Police said a majority of the items taken were Christmas presents and mail containing personal information.

Once they identified Taylor as a suspect, police learned he had obtained banking information from a neighbor and used it to fund his PayPal account. Police said he was also captured on surveillance cameras shoplifting at Lee's Market.

As a result of the search warrant, police recovered numerous stolen items, as well as clothing, hats and accessories also believed to be stolen.

If you have been a victim of theft and have not reported it to the Westport Police Department, contact Detective Turner Ryan at 501-636-1122.

2024 by East Bay Media Group

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Mike Rego

Mike Rego has worked at East Bay Newspapers since 2001, helping the company launch The Westport Shorelines. He soon after became a Sports Editor, spending the next 10-plus years in that role before taking over as editor of The East Providence Post in February of 2012. To contact Mike about The Post or to submit information, suggest story ideas or photo opportunities, etc. in East Providence, email mrego@eastbaymediagroup.com.