The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
A Cranston man was arrested on Oct. 25 and charged with indecent exposure after a woman at a Wendy’s restaurant called police around 4:50 p.m. Officer Brian Murray reported he was dispatched to the area and located the suspect vehicle. He said he asked the man what he was doing in the area and the man told him he was driving around and pulled into Wendy’s looking for money and denied that he was exposing himself to the woman who called.
Murray said the woman told him she was eating dinner in the parking lot when the red Cadillac blocked her in the parking lot. She said the man sat in the passenger side of the car and was acting strange before he turned the car around to a new spot and sat with the door open looking at her and her 14-year-old daughter. He said she told him she then left the parking lot and drove to where she could see into the car and observe what he was doing. She said he had his hand inside his sweat pants and was smiling as he moved his hand. She told Murray his penis was visible above the top of his pants. Murray said she then drove around to Chuck E Cheese and then behind him as she called 911 and then followed him around the parking lot until he left. Murray said the woman positively identified Claudio Castagna, 46, of 56 South Hill Rd. in Cranston as the man she saw at Wendy’s earlier. Castagna was charged with indecent exposure and released with a summons. Murray said a BCI check revealed several arrests for similar incidents in Massachusetts between 1984 and up to the late 1980s. He said he was arrested in Narragansett for the same crime in July of 1998.
Officer Timothy Kenyon reported two trailers being broken into at a job site on Metro Center Boulevard on Oct. 26. Kenyon said the site supervisor told him they arrived at work that morning and found that the trailers had been broken into and that some of the tools used to do the breaks were left at the scene. The supervisor said drawers in both work trailers had been gone through but he was not sure what was missing from the first trailer because so many different workers used the trailer. An electrical contractor was there who said he could supply serial numbers and descriptions of the missing tools from his trailer. He said a cordless drill and three batteries worth $180 and a corded drill worth $280 were gone. He told Kenyon all his company tools had the company’s initials etched on them.
The supervisor said he would have to consult with the various workers who used the first trailer before he could get an inventory of what was missing. Detectives were called to process the scene and the tools left behind; a bolt cutter, a screwdriver and a pair of linesman pliers were taken to headquarters to be processed for fingerprints.
Officer Nadine Parmenter took a report of a break into a vacant property on Easton Avenue on Oct. 22. Parmenter said she arrived around 5:15 p.m. and found the door to the house open, with pry marks visible on the door and doorjamb and the door handle removed. She said there was water on the basement floor and some broken copper pipe, where larger pieces had been removed. The owner of the property told police the house was intact the last time they checked on it on Oct. 16. Detectives were called to process the scene.
A Warwick man told police he left a $1,000 Pathfinder snowplow behind his parents’ business on Chestnut Street and got a call on Oct. 26 about the plow being gone. He said the plow was there the last time he saw it, at 5 p.m. the day before. Officer Paul Wells reported that he was checking nearby businesses to see if any of them had video of the incident. The report was forwarded to detectives.
Officer Matthew Moretti reported he was dispatched to the Guitar Center on Bald Hill Road around 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 25 for a report of a man attempting to sell stolen property. He said he arrived to find that Capt. Thomas Hannon was speaking with the suspect while he got the details from an employee. The employee told Moretti the suspect came in and tried to sell a Newmark HDX mixer-CD player and several accessories. He said a co-worker who was not at the store at that time had told his fellow employees that his Newmark mixer was stolen from his apartment in North Providence. The employee told Moretti he called his friend and learned that the serial numbers on the mixer matched the stolen one and he called the police. The owner later told Moretti that the mixer and an Akai drum set had been stolen from his apartment and he had contacted eBay and Craigslist and found they were not listed on those sites. He said he then got a call from his workplace telling him that a man was there, trying to sell the mixer to the Guitar Center. Sean Grady, 29, of 567 Smithfield Rd. in North Providence (Grady lived in Apt. 47, the victim lived in Apt. 46), was charged with possession of stolen property after he admitted he took it and that he was addicted to the crack cocaine they found in his vehicle. Grady was also charged with possession of crack cocaine. He was later released on $5,000.
DUI OR REFUSAL
Officer John Curley reported he was on patrol when he saw a car run a stop sign at a high rate of speed on Veterans Memorial Drive in Apponaug around 2:20 a.m. on Oct. 23. He said he stopped the car on Post Road and noticed that the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where Oswaldo Garcia, 34, of 134 Sharon St. in Providence, registered a .176 and a .174 blood alcohol content on the breath test and was charged with DUI and running a stop sign. He was later released to a sober adult.
Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported he was on patrol on West Shore Road around 4:25 p.m. on Oct. 27 when he saw a car following the vehicle in front of it too closely as it alternately slammed its brakes and accelerated. He said he watched it cross lane markers on the side and in the center of the road before he pulled it over. He said the driver smelled of alcohol and admitted she had three glasses of wine and asked if he could just follow her home or give her a ride but did submit to a field sobriety test. He said they ultimately stopped the field test because they feared she would fall down and hurt herself. He said Joann Millmather, 55, of 92 Pilgrim Dr. refused a breath test at headquarters and was charged with DUI and refusal, second offense, tailgating and laned roadway violations and then taken to Kent Hospital for detox when she was unable to find someone to take her home.