Traffic stop leads to arrests of suspected shoplifters

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A routine traffic stop in Rhode Island ended with the arrests of two brothers from Pennsylvania suspected of stealing about $10,000 in non-prescription medication.

State police say a trooper stopped a vehicle in West Warwick just after 3 p.m. Saturday after noticing that a front-seat passenger was not using a seat belt.

The trooper spotted tin foil duct tape and steel mesh often used to make so-called “boost bags,” used by shoplifters to bypass store security systems. The suspects also lined their pants with duct tape.

Police found three trash bags in the car filled with medications thought stolen from four area stores.

Thirty-two-year-old Vincent Lawson, of Ringtown, and 30-year-old Christopher Lawson, of Philadelphia, face several charges including felony shoplifting and receiving stolen goods. It’s not clear if they have lawyers.

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