WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cranston man and a Providence woman are accused of stealing approximately $2,600 from a Warwick store in two separate incidents.
According to police, Just Dan’s Convenience Store on Post Road was held up at gunpoint on the night of Jan. 2. The clerk told responding officers that a young, Hispanic male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a bandana over his face pointed a black handgun at her.
Police said the suspect then removed approximately $2,000 from the safe and fled the store.
The store’s owner indicated to police that a former female employee may have been involved in the crime.
That employee, identified as Erica Bertholic, is accused of embezzling money from the store, according to police. The store’s owner told investigators she worked her first solo shift on Nov. 28 and allegedly left with $600, then never returned.
Through information in the police database, detectives said they identified Tylor Ryan as an associate of Bertholic and obtained a picture of him. They determined Ryan was their suspect in the robbery by comparing that image to surveillance footage from the store.
Bertholic, 20, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of felony embezzlement. Police do not believe she was directly involved with the robbery.
Ryan, 19, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of first-degree robbery.
Police said Ryan was wearing the same clothing at the time of his arrest that he was wearing in the video taken the night of the robbery. He was not in possession of a firearm during the arrest.