WHY THEY GET CAUGHT
A Providence man was charged with conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance and obtaining a controlled substance under false pretenses when he attempted to fill a prescription for 100 hydrocodone tablets for the second time within a month at the Walmart pharmacy on Post Road. Det. Sgt. Andrew Sullivan reported he got a call from the pharmacy and was told that someone had presented a prescription with four scheduled refills. The quantity and the number of refills made the pharmacist suspicious, according to Sullivan, but with no way to disprove the script, he gave the man the pills and told him that the refills would have to be verified by the doctor. Sullivan said he reviewed the video surveillance of the transaction on July 7 and asked the pharmacist to call the police, if and when, the man came back.
Sullivan said the call came around 11:30 a.m. on July 23 and he headed straight for the pharmacy as the prescription was being filled under the same name as the first and as a second man waited outside. He said the suspect identified the man with him that day and said he was going to give the filled prescription to him and collect $50 for his troubles. Sullivan said police then went outside and identified himself to the second man, who denied being with the first suspect and even threatened to kill him when he confirmed they were together. Jason Martin, 36, of Coventry, was arrested on the spot.
Robert Taglione, 56, of Providence, was charged with felony conspiracy, obtaining a controlled substance under false pretenses and held as a violator at the ACI. Martin was similarly charged.
A Cranston woman was arrested at the Kohl’s store in the Rhode Island Mall on July 25. Officer David Thompson said loss prevention agents at the store told him they saw the woman selecting silver jewelry and placing it in a cart before leaving the store without paying for any of it. They told Thompson they recovered 17 pieces of jewelry, a bathing suit bottom and a bottle of lotion worth a total of $755 from Barbara A. Pinelli, 63, of 235 Mapleton St. Thompson said Pinelli had no priors so she was later released with a summons for District Court.
Cynthia M. McLintock, 24, of 128 Tennyson Rd. in Warwick was remanded to the ACI on July 25 after loss prevention officers at the Walmart on Post Road identified her as the woman they saw take a Nokia phone out of its packaging and conceal it on her person before leaving the store without paying for it. Security at the store told Officer Theodore Bulis they asked her to come back inside the store but she refused and kept walking away from them. Bulis said he found McLintock on an adjacent street and a Walmart employee identified her in a “show up” as the person they saw on video but police and employees did not recover the phone. McLintock was held as a bail and probation violator.
Officer William Castaldi reported going to the Showcase Cinema around 9:20 p.m. on July 26 for a report of a missing car. A Providence woman told Castaldi she came out of the movies around 7:15 and noticed her car, which was parked in front of the cinema was gone and she had no idea where or who took it. She said the car was a dark blue 2005 Nissan Altima with tinted windows and a bumper falling off on the driver’s side. She originally told him she may have left the keys in the door but then subsequently found the keys in her pocketbook. She said no one had permission to use the car.
Officer John Choquette reported he went to the Cumberland Farms store at the corner of Namquid Drive and Warwick Avenue around 3:20 p.m. on July 26 for a missing car. A woman there told him she left her keys in the car while she went inside to get her newspapers and came out five minutes later to discover that her 2003 Subaru Outback was gone. No suspects or witnesses.
An employee at Macy’s in the Warwick Mall told police she finished her shift on July 22 and came outside to see that the Wolf car cover for her 2000 BMW was gone. She said she was unaware of anyone who would steal the cover or when during the shift the theft occurred. She said it was worth $400. No suspects or witnesses.
A Providence man came into police headquarters on July 25 to report that he was attending a company training session on Minnesota Avenue between 6:30 and 11 a.m. while his work van was parked outside. He said he returned to find that a $299 Bosch drill kit was missing. He said he believed he left the van unlocked. No suspects or witnesses.
The owner of a landscaping company on Beach Avenue told police she came out of the house the morning of July 25 and noticed a number of her landscaping tools were missing. She said two chainsaws, three trimmer and a lawnmower worth a total of $4,200 were gone fro one of her company trailers. No suspects or witnesses.
A Briarwood Meadows resident told police she left her van in the parking lot around 10 p.m. on July 24 and saw that a number of her things were missing from the van the next day. She said four fishing rods, a tackle box with contents, a beach tent and a first aid kit worth a total of $363 were gone. No suspects or witnesses but the woman told police she would get back to them if the complex’s surveillance cameras had any pictures of the incident.