Thief Allegedly Sells Stolen Bike to Victim

The following information was provided by the Portsmouth Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

Portsmouth police made the following arrests over the past few days.

Man allegedly tries to sell stolen bike back to victim

Steven Cox, 54, of 100 Almeida Terrace, Apt. 108, was arrested on June 9 at 2:45 a.m., and charged with larceny under $1,500 and vandalism. 

A 19-year-old Portsmouth man reported his bike was stolen early in June. After posting reward notices in his neighborhood, he was then approached by Cox stating he had located the bike at the Mobile-Mart.

Cox said he paid another person $50 for the bike in order to get it back.

Cox showed up at the victim's residence at 1:45 a.m., wanting $50 for the bike. The victim gave him $10 and noticed that the bike had been spray painted silver.

Officers then responded to Cox's apartment and found silver spray paint on the rug, as well as the outline of a bicycle. He allegedly spray painted the bike in his own apartment, according to police. 

Teen allegedly steal headphones

Robert Bishop, 19, of Newport, was arrested on June 6 at 9:30 p.m. and charged with larceny, under $1,500 for allegedly stealing Dr. Dre headphones. Police received a report of a larceny from the Portsmouth High School locker room. They also received information that Bishop was seen walking on Coddington Highway wearing these headphones. Middletown police responded and obtained a serial number off the headphones, which matched the stolen serial numbers provided by the victim, police said. Bishop later turned himself in at police station. He was released with a court summons.

Tiverton man allegedly sends threatening text message

Scott Davis, 47, of Tiverton, was arrested on June 7 at 1:45 p.m. and charged with domestic, making threatening phone calls. He allegedly sent a threatening message to a 20-year-old Portsmouth woman on June 3. Police obtained an arrest warrant. He was arrested at a residence on Park Avenue.

Portsmouth teen charged with vandalism 

Lawrence Tashjian, 18, of 52 Sakonnet Drive, Portsmouth, was arrested on June 8 at 3:45 a.m. and charged with vandalism after police responded to a Sandy Point Avenue residence. Officers received a report of unwanted individuals at the residence. The homeowner found several individuals attending a party of another young adult. He asked the individuals to leave. They allegedly then smashed out windows in the garage. Police arrived and observed Tashjian's hands had blood and cuts consistent with broken glass. He was arrested at the scene. 

meme June 13, 2013 at 07:54 PM
this for the tiverton man who sent threating text message didnt your mommy and daddy tell that is not nice to do that .....maybe you want to go and ask then next time if you should send threating text messages ..im sure the would have told it is wrong to grow up and be adult and stop doing childish things...im sure they told you before to grow up..... and stop doing childish things
tiverton neighbor June 13, 2013 at 08:03 PM
For the tiverton man.. seriously??. thats messed up! I new him all my life. and boy oh boy... thats a shame a 47 year old man texting a 20 year old woman wow? need to find a woman your own age and grow up.


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