Providence Man Charged With Felony Shoplifting

Narragansett police arrest a pair of men for felony conspiracy and shoplifting baby formula from two area stores. One of them, John Cordeiro, 40, has a long criminal history of drug possession and theft.

Unless otherwise noted, information about the following arrests was supplied by the Narragansett Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

The following arrest reports were procured via information requests to the Narragansett Police Department, which is why they were not included on their initial log days. Typically, felony arrests take several more days to properly document.

Providence Man, Pawtucket Man Arrested for Shoplifting Baby Formula

At about 5:05 p.m. on Jan. 8, Narragansett police arrested a pair of men in connection to shoplifted baby formula at Rite Aid and Stop and Shop.

  • John R. Cordeiro, 40, of 224 Unit St., Providence, was charged with felony shoplifting, felony conspiracy, being a habitual offender and simple assault.
  • Dale R. Bonanno, 40, of 27 South St., Pawtucket, was charged with felony conspiracy.

Police said that at about 4:20 p.m., they received a report of a shoplifter at Stop and Shop. An employee tried to stop the man from leaving, but the man pushed through the employee. In the ensuing tussle, the man lost his jacket.

Another employee followed the man out to Woodruff Avenue, at which point they were separated. However, a police officer searching the nearby area saw a man running near the Dillon Rotary before he jumped into the back of a dark maroon compact car.

Another officer made a traffic stop of the car on Boston Neck Road, after it ran through a red traffic light on Caswell Street. A witness from Stop and Shop identified the passenger – Corderio – as the man who took the baby formula from Stop and Shop.

According to policy, the store’s security manager also had surveillance of the theft. Police said that on the footage, Corderio can be seen taking the formula, confronting an employee by the door, shoving him out of the way, then leaving the store.

Police said when they interviewed Bonanno, he told them that he picked up Corderio from East Providence earlier in the day so that he could take more baby formula. According to police, Bonanno told them that Corderio took formula from CVS in Wakefield first.

From there, Bonanno told police they went to a “mom and pop” store down the street with a red and white sign, but Corderio left without stealing because he didn’t see any formula.

According to police, Bonanno told them that they next went to Rite Aid in Narragansett, where Corderio took several more packages of formula. Police later checked with Rite Aid, which verified via inventory that they were missing several units of formula.

Bonanno told police that Corderio and he next went to Stop and Shop, at which point Corderio ran into a problem stealing the formula. Bonanno told police he bought a candy bar at Mobil, before picking up Corderio at the Dillon Rotary when he called.

According to police, an inventory of Bonanno’s car revealed about 32 cans of baby formula. Police also located several syringes, commonly used for heroin injection, under a car stereo compartment.

Baby formula is a frequent target of shoplifters, either to be used as a mixing agent for drugs, or because of its resale value in impoverished areas. At this time, it is unknown if Corderio is the suspect wanted for a similar shoplifting incident on .

Corderio was charged with being a habitual offender, which is a modifier that comes with an additional prison sentence if he is convicted. According to the Rhode Island Judiciary online court database, he has been involved in more than 20 arrests dating back to 1989. Previous felony arrests include:

  • In January 1991, he pleaded no contest to a Warwick police felony charge of possession or delivery of between one ounce and one kilogram of cocaine. He was ordered to serve 18 months at the ACI, followed by 8.5 years probation.
  • In May 1998, he pleaded no contest to a Providence police charges of felony drug possession, possession of a needle and syringe, and possession of marijuana. He was ordered to serve 18 months at the ACI, followed by 4.5 years probation.
  • In March 2001, he pleaded no contest to a Providence police felony charge of possession of stolen motor vehicle parts. He was ordered to serve six months at the ACI, followed by 4.5 years probation.
  • In August 2002, he pleaded no contest to a Providence police felony charge of drug possession. He was ordered to serve 21 months at the ACI, followed by 7 years, 3 months probation.
  • In January 2007, he pleaded no contest to a Providence police felony drug possession charge. He was ordered to serve 18 months at the ACI, followed by 7.5 years probation. However, he was ordered to serve an additional 2.5 years after violating his probation upon his release.

Because of Corderio’s current charges violate the terms of his probation, he was ordered to be held without bail after an arraignment on Jan. 9. His next court hearing is Jan. 17.

Unless otherwise noted, the information for this article was compiled from Narragansett police reports, which are available for review by any member of the public at their . If we’re missing a call or report you’re interested in knowing about, feel free to leave a comment or to send Local Editor Stephen Greenwell a message at Stephen.greenwell@patch.com.

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