The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
Officer Jacob Elderkin reported a boat stolen from a yard on Lancaster Avenue on July 31. The homeowner told Elderkin he last saw the boat on July 28 and noticed that it was missing when he came home on July 31. He said the boat was 7’ to 10’ feet long and had a “beefed up” transom to hold an outboard motor but the motor was not on the boat at the time it disappeared. He estimated that the boat, with a blue exterior and gray interior, weighed between 600 and 700 pounds and was worth around $600. The trailer the boat was on was still in the driveway. The man said the boat actually belonged to his sister but has been stored in his driveway for four or five years. He told Elderkin his sister may have some paperwork for the boat but he did not.
On Aug. 1, Officer Tomas Bogusz returned to that address to take a further report. At that time, the man said he discovered the motor for the missing boat, which had been kept in his garage, was also gone. He estimated that the motor was worth $100.
A contractor told Officer Joseph DeDonato he was doing landscaping at the Warwick Animal Hospital on Elmwood Avenue and left an excavator at the site and found that it had been damaged when he returned to the site the morning of Aug. 1. He said the left and right travel arms were damaged and would cost around $450 to fix. No suspects or witnesses.
Det. James Medeiros investigated vandalism on Bingham Street while doing a patrol shift on Aug. 3. A homeowner told him her neighbor told her that morning that there was graffiti on the 40’ camper trailer parked in her yard that morning and she showed Medeiros the damage. There were several vulgar pictures and words written on the side of the trailer, which appeared to have been done with a round-tipped marker. The woman said she was not having any problems with her neighbors or anyone else and had no idea who did it. She said she noticed nothing unusual over night. Medeiros said he checked around the neighborhood for similar markings but found none. No suspects or witnesses.
Officer Michael Walker reported the theft of an ATM machine from the common room at the Royal Crest Apartments on Centerville Road on Aug. 2. The night manager of the complex showed Walker the clubhouse and where the machine had been torn from the wall and floor of the clubhouse, to which the machine had been bolted. He told Walker he last saw the machine in place around 6 p.m. that evening and called police around 10 p.m., when he returned to the clubhouse and noticed the machine was gone. The manager said the clubhouse was a common area for the residents and was not locked at the time. There were no cameras in the clubhouse. He told Walker he did not know how much money was actually in the machine and that he believed it was serviced once a week but could not confirm that at that time. The machine itself was valued at $1,000. No suspects or witnesses.
A Warwick woman was charged with shoplifting at Sears in the Rhode Island Mall on Aug. 4. A loss prevention agent at he store told police they watched the woman after she appeared to be acting suspiciously in the hardware section as she added cans of paint and stains and two tarps to her cart before walking out of the store without paying for the goods. They said they brought her back into the store to wait for police. Carla M. Eager, 47, of 26 Wharf Rd. was taken to headquarters where she was charged with felony shoplifting as a habitual offender and later released on $5,000 personal recognizance. She was also charged with possession of three pills that were identified as prescription stimulants.
Another Warwick woman was arrested at the Ocean State Job Lot store at 1290 Warwick Ave. on Aug. 8 after a store detective told police she saw a woman conceal a pair of pants and a shirt in her purse before leaving the store without paying for them. Officer Maryellen Jessop reported that the woman had a six-year-old child with her and she called for a booster seat for the child so she could go with the woman to headquarters but the commander decided that it would be less time consuming if the woman, who had no prior arrests, were issued a summons for District Court and told to come into headquarters for processing as soon as possible after the child had been placed in someone else’s care. Tanisha Simpson, 37, of 762 Sandy Lane was charged with stealing $19 worth of merchandise.
DWI OR REFUSAL
Officer Theodore Bulis reported a two-car accident near Airport and Post Roads around 3 p.m. on July 27. Bulis said one of the driver’s immediately told him she had hit the rear of another car but there was no damage to the other car but the other driver had already told him that he believed that the woman was intoxicated because of the way she was driving before she hit him. He said he gave the woman a field sobriety test after he detected alcohol on her breath and had bloodshot, watery eyes. He said she failed the test, even after he told her she could take her shoes off. Lori A. Dalton, 50, of 270 Armstrong Ave. in Warwick was taken to headquarters where she refused to take a breath test. Bulis noted that Dalton claimed the other driver took a swing at her after the accident but there were apparently no independent witnesses to that and no apparent injury. She was charged with refusal, DWI, driving on an expired license and failure to maintain a safe interval between vehicles.
Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported a hit and run accident he investigated on July 28, which ended with a Cranston man being charged with DWI and refusal. DiNardo said he was summoned to the corner of Narragansett Parkway and Warwick Avenue around 7 p.m. after the suspected driver was stopped by another patrol. Di Nardo said the suspect was given a preliminary breath test at the scene after he failed a field sobriety test and they recorded a .207 on the portable breath analyzer but refused to take another breath test at headquarters. Robert H. Tevyaw, 66, of 28 Harris Ave. in Cranston was charged with DWI and refusal. He also faced charges of leaving the scene of an accident. He was later released with a summons to a sober adult.