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RISP arrest 2 suspects, seek 3rd in theft of $90K worth of diapers

Rhode Island State Police arrested two men and are searching for a third suspect in connection with the theft of $90,000 worth of diapers that were scheduled to be delivered to the Amazon distribution center in Fall River.

Detectives on Thursday said they recovered about 800 boxes of diapers during a raid at a Smith Street storefront in Providence.

But 1,200 additional boxes remain missing, according to Maj. Dennis Fleming of the Rhode Island State Police.

The men arrested in the case were 59-year-old Aubrey Bettis of Providence, who also goes by Mitchell Bettis. He was charged with larceny over $1,500 and conspiracy.

The second suspect being held is 41-year-old Damon Martin of Coventry. He was charged with larceny over $1,500, as well as receiving stolen goods and conspiracy.

Police said a warrant has been issued for the third suspect.

Fleming said Bettis had been hired by the owner of the delivery truck to drive the diapers from a location in Pennsylvania to the Amazon distribution facility on Feb. 9.

But when he arrived in Rhode Island that night, he instead allegedly sold the diapers.

On Monday, Bettis allegedly called the truck’s owner to say he was not making the delivery and that the truck could be picked up in the parking lot of the Super Eight Motel in West Greenwich.

The owner of the truck, whose name was not released, immediately flew to Rhode Island and found the empty truck, Fleming said. He notified state police, who later tracked down and arrested the driver.

Police later learned that some of the diapers were being stored in an empty storefront at 451 Smith St. in Providence.

After obtaining a search warrant, detectives went to the store around 11:15 a.m. Thursday and recovered 800 boxes of diapers, according to Fleming. Each box held about 100 diapers and were sold for about $40.

State police are still searching for the third suspect, as well as the rest of the diapers.

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