A 31-year-old North Dartmouth woman got more than she bargained for when she visited the Tiverton Police Department to claim hundreds of dollars in jewelry on Tuesday.
Kristen L. Dacosta, of 22 College Lane Apt. 1A, North Dartmouth visited police headquarters on Industrial Way to just before 11 a.m. According to police, Dacosta attempted to claim jewelry and gold suspected to be stolen by the department.
Tiverton Police didn't fall for Dacosta's story, however, because New Bedford Police tipped the department off just prior to the woman's arrival.
Dacosta was being tracked by a court-ordered GPS on her car and was wanted by New Bedford Police in connection with at least 10 break-ins throughout New Bedford, Dartmouth, Taunton and Somerset. New Bedford saw Dacosta's car was headed to the Tiverton Police Department and notified local police about Dacosta's alleged shady ordeals.
Police arrested Dacosta as she attempted to recover the jewelry, claiming it belonged to her.
She was charged as a fugitive from justice on the Massachusetts felony breaking and entering charge and connected to and charged with a Sept. 15 Ethan's Way theft.
Tiverton Police were able to place Dacosta's car in the area of the break-in around 1 p.m. the day of the Ethan's Way incident thanks to the GPS monitoring by Massachusetts. Jewelry, gold, a diamond ring, a necklace and earrings with no reported value were reported missing from the home.
An off-duty officer, Sgt. James Costa had made contact with Dacosta on the day of the break-in. According to reports, Costa approached a suspicious woman who was walking around the neighborhood located just off of Crandall Road.
She was charged with a felony-count of breaking and entering.
Dacosta was arraigned in Second Division District court on Sept. 25 and she was released on $3,000 personal recognizance for the Tiverton charge, but held without bail on other outstanding charges. She was transported to the Women's Correctional Facility in Cranston and will return to court on Oct. 2.
This arrest information was supplied by the Tiverton Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.