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Newport theft escalates as suspect pulls knife on approaching officers

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NEWPORT — Newport Police Department, led by Chief Travis Bingham, has reported the arrest of a local man who now faces multiple charges including retail theft, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Thomas Cloney, 39, a resident of Newport, was apprehended on Tuesday, following a report of theft from a Main Street business around 10:15 a.m. Cloney is charged with one count of retail theft, two counts of resisting arrest, and one count of disorderly conduct.

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The incident unfolded when Newport Police were alerted to the theft. The initial investigation, which included a review of the store’s video surveillance, identified Cloney as the primary suspect.

Around 11:30 a.m., officers located Cloney near Prouty Campground. However, upon being approached, Cloney attempted to escape on foot. He was located again shortly after, during which he pulled out a knife and held it by his side. In response, an officer drew his weapon and successfully ordered Cloney to disarm, leading to his subsequent arrest.

The Newport Police Department is no stranger to Cloney, as he has previously faced charges related to retail theft.

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Following his arraignment in the Orleans District Court on the same day, Cloney was released on personal recognizance. Conditions of his release include a prohibition from returning to the store involved and a ban on possessing dangerous weapons.

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