NEWPORT — Chief Travis Bingham reports that the Newport Police Department arrested and charged a second suspect in connection with a theft at a convenience store last year.
ANGELA BIRK, 40, OF NEWPORT, was charged with:
- False Reports to Law Enforcement
- Accessory Aiding Commission of Felony
On Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, Newport Police responded to a report of a theft at a convenience store on Coventry Street.
Upon initial investigation police learned that an individual entered the store while the clerk was taking out the garbage, and that the individual took several thousand dollars in cash from an unlocked safe. The K-9 Unit attempted to track the suspect, but was unsuccessful.
A subsequent investigation lasted for months as individuals of interest failed to appear at scheduled meetings with police. Newport Police eventually developed evidence that it was ERIC SHATRAU, AGE 48, OF NORTH TROY who entered the store.
SHATRAU was arrested and charged in connection with the incident on Thursday, July 28.
The investigation also determined that the store clerk, identified as BIRK, was a participant with SHATRAU in a scheme to take cash from the store, and that BIRK gave police false information when the incident was reported.
BIRK is already in custody due to unrelated matters, and will be charged in Orleans District Court on Monday, August 1.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.