Police chase suspects charged with shoplifting from Wareham Walmart

Jun 18, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department Joseph Debenedictis, 27, of Dorchester has been charged with leading police on a car chase with two others in tow after allegedly stealing televisions.

Three suspected shoplifters are facing charges after leading police on a car and foot chase through Wareham, Mattapoisett and Rochester. The three people, one woman and two men, were arrested on June 15 after allegedly stealing two televisions worth more than $1,000 combined from the Wareham Walmart.

Erikka Williams, 25, of East Falmouth, Joseph Debenedictis, 27, of Dorchester and Paul G. Leite Jr., 25, of Fall River are all charged with shoplifting. Debenedictis was also charged with: failure to stop for police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, passing on the right and speeding.

Wareham Police received a call saying the men were seen in the Aldi’s parking lot opening boxes that contained two televisions stolen from Walmart. Police said Lt. John Gerard saw the men place the televisions in a car. Gerard approached the men, who then entered the car and attempted to grab something from under the front seat, police said.

Gerard then drew his gun and demanded to see the suspect’s hands. The car then sped away with Gerard in pursuit, police said.

The car headed west on Route 195 into Mattapoisett. Police followed it to North Street, but lost sight of the car and stopped pursuing. Rochester Police then found the car abandoned on Pine Street. A witness said the three suspects fled on foot in different directions. Williams was found 30 minutes after the search began. Debenedictis and Leite were found three hours later.

The suspects were transported to Wareham Police headquarters, where they were processed pending arraignment in Wareham District Court.

Erikka Williams (Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department)
Paul G. Leite Jr. (Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department)
Comments (7)
Posted by: totellthetruth | Jun 18, 2018 19:23

It sure doesn't bode well for the Wal-Mart "security" team that this bunch of thugs could actually get out the door with not one, but 2 T.V.s

Posted by: cranky pants | Jun 18, 2018 19:27

Dear East Falmouth, Dorchester and Fall River,

Thanks for sending us your rubbish, but unfortunately we are currently over stocked so please accept our apologies and keep your garbage home.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 18, 2018 22:15

Why do morons have an affinity for televisions?  This is the third time time in a few months that  young knuckleheads have been featured in Wareham Week stealing TVs.  The first was when Beavis & Butthead stole one from a house and walked it down Sandwich road with a blanket over it  and threw counterfeit money in the river.  The second was a guy that stole a TV from Walmart, rolled it to Lowe's in a cart, and asked an off duty cop for a ride.  Now there's this trio.  Geeze...all rocket scientists!

I highly doubt they intended the tvs for their own living rooms!  However, TVs are bad items to steal to re-sell to feed a drug problem!   The days of $3000 plasma tvs are gone. TVs are dirt cheap nowadays.  Plus they are big and clumsy and really hard to steal.  TVs line the aisles in Walmart for short money.  What's the resale value on a stolen unboxed tv that was only like $300 to begin with?  Fifty bucks...maybe a hundred bucks for a good one?  Not worth it at all.  There are much smaller items worth more that are so much easier to get out the door with.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jun 19, 2018 05:59

So glad they caught these thugs. They probably needed money for pot

Posted by: WWareham resident | Jun 19, 2018 07:35

SPHEREBREAKER they look like they do a little more than pot. Just my observation but I'm glad they caught these thugs as well !

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 19, 2018 09:17

So sad...


Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jun 19, 2018 15:19

Stupid is as Stupid does ......

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