The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
Officer James Wenneman reported he went to Shaw’s Market for a report of a shoplifting at the store around 4:30 p.m. A manager there told him that a shopper requested eight lobsters, which he thought was suspicious and he followed the man, who had gone down one of the aisles, and saw him covering the lobsters with a towel from his backpack. He said he asked the man what he was doing and the man told him he wanted to “keep the lobsters cold.” He said they continued to follow the man and saw him run out of the store. He said the man dropped his backpack but kept the hand basket with the lobsters in it and jumped into the passenger seat of a pickup truck as they caught up with him and grabbed the basket of lobsters back from him. They said he yelled, “Maryanne, go. Go!” and they drove out of the lot. The manager gave Wenneman the plate number of the truck and he traced the truck to a construction company, but Wenneman said he was going through the backpack and found two towels and a wallet with a driver’s license for Anthony J. Lisi Jr., 31, of 231 Aldrich Ave. Wenneman said he went to the address and met with Lisi’s father, who called his son and told him to he needed to come back because he had been caught shoplifting. Wenneman said Lisi turned himself in at headquarters around 7:15 p.m. and was charged with shoplifting, after he explained that he had a gift card for Shaw’s but became frustrated when he realized it wouldn’t cover the lobsters, and he tried to call his friend Lori in the truck to see if she had the money to cover the difference, and got more frustrated that he couldn’t get her on the phone, and then went outside to the truck, and that was when the managers grabbed the $137.92 worth of lobsters from him, and his friend “Lori” did not stay there, as he had asked her to, but took off in a hurry because she had a warrant out for herself, and she was scared, and he did not know “Lori’s” last name, and that he just met her. Lisi was charged with shoplifting and released with a summons for District Court.
Officer Christopher Fernandes reported damage to and theft from a coin-operated vacuum machine at the BP Gas station at 1015 Sandy Lane on June 8. He said he met with the a mechanic who made the call who told him he was working in the garage when he heard a banging noise coming from the gas station and looked out and saw a man with a crowbar breaking into the machine. He gave Fernandes the plate number for the car and saw a green car driving off and “heard the noise of a vehicle with bad axles.” The plate was traced to a West Warwick address and West Warwick police told Fernandes they had the suspect at 17 Harmony St. in their town. Officer Gregory Johnson went to West Warwick and met with Michael N. Millar, 27, who, Johnson said, admitted he stopped to use the vacuum machine but it was broken when he got there and denied using a crowbar but Johnson found a claw hammer and a screwdriver in Millar’s car and a stray 25-cent piece in the front seat. The witness also identified him as the man he saw break into the machine. He was charged with larceny and held for arraignment.
DWI OR REFUSAL
Sgt. Thomas Snow reported he was on patrol near on Post Road around 3:25 a.m. on June 5 when he followed a car onto Route 37 that quickly accelerated to 80 mph for over a half-mile. He said the car did not respond to his emergency lights or siren and kept going for another quarter of a mile before pulling over. He said the woman driving smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated and staggered as she got out of the car. He said she also stopped on “C” when he asked her to recited the alphabet and nearly fell down attempting the finger to nose test and Snow discontinued the test and arrested the woman for suspicion of drunk driving. Snow said Pamela M. Keener, 22, of 35 Willow St. in West Warwick refused a breath test at headquarters. She was charged with speeding, DWI and refusal and later released to a sober adult. Officer Gregory Johnson reported he was on patrol around 11:25 p.m. on June 2 and was coming out of headquarters when he saw a car heading the wrong way around the Apponaug section of Greenwich Avenue before it entered Veterans Memorial Drive the wrong way and was heading toward two other vehicles coming from the right way that had to slow to nearly a stop a the other car swerved to avoid them. Johnson said he activated his lights and pulled partially into the left lane to block the car, which stopped across from headquarters. Johnson said the driver smelled of alcohol and seemed to be under the influence. He said she failed the field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where she registered a .148 and a.151 blood alcohol content on the breath test. Jennifer L. O’Connor, 40, of 124 Olney Ave. in North Providence was charged with going the wrong way on a one-way street and DWI and later released to a sober adult. Lt. Andrew Tainsh reported he was heading north on the Post Road extension when he saw dust and debris and heard a noise like a tire popping from the bridge on Main Avenue. He said he turned around and headed toward the site and saw a van driving away on two flat tires and he pulled it over near Gorman Avenue. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and gave him two unrelated documents when he asked for license and registration. He said driver had to hold onto him to keep from falling when she got out of the van. He said he had to stop the field test for fear that she would fall down and hurt herself. He said he took a preliminary breath reading of .187 with the portable breath analyzer but registered a .207 and a .192 on the machine at headquarters. Darlene L. Paul, 50, of 551 Rosedale Ave. in the Bronx, NY, was charged with DWI and later released on $1,000 surety bail.