The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
Officer Tomas Bogusz reported the theft of a quantity of scrap metal from a business on Lavan Street on Nov. 28. The owner of the business told Bogusz he arrived at work that day and noticed that two barrels at the back of the property were empty. He said they had contained a variety of metals, including stainless steel, copper and brass. He said there was also pipes missing from a rack used to store the pipes and said he found some of the copper pipe laying next to the railroad track on the other side of the fence. Bogusz said he saw a footprint next to the tracks and called BCI detectives to process the scene. No suspects or witnesses. The owner estimated that the metal was worth about $5,000.
Officer Jason Brodeur took a report of more copper pipe missing from the basement of a doctor’s office on Toll Gate Road on Nov. 29. The superintendent of the property said he arrived at the property around 6 p.m. and heard water running in the basement. He said he went down and found that numerous pipes were cut from the plumbing and were nowhere to be found. He also found that the back window of the basement was broken. Detectives were called to process the scene for fingerprints and other evidence. The pipe was valued at $1,000.
Officer Eric Lima took a report of an old stove that was stolen from the yard of a house on Dartmouth Avenue. The owner told Lima he estimated that the circa 1930 cast iron stove was not assembled and was finished in light green and cream-colored enamel. The owner estimated the antique stove’s worth at between $200 and $300. He said he believed the stove was taken sometime between 2 and 3:45 p.m. the day before. No witnesses or suspects.
A Connecticut man came into headquarters on Dec. 1 to report that a credit card issued to him was used to buy $532.86 worth of tools and materials at the Home Depot on Universal Boulevard on Nov. 11. He told Officer Jason Brodeur he reported the Home Depot charge card missing the day before the purchase, after his wallet was stolen while he was on the URI Campus. The case was forwarded to detectives.
A 58-year-old Warwick woman was arrested for shoplifting at the Sears store in the Rhode Island Mall on Nov. 30. Officer Aaron Steere said security at the store said they watched her as she moved through the store and concealed things in her purse, including wallets, jewelry and make-up before walking out of the store without paying for the goods. Steere reported that the store recovered $116 worth of merchandise from the woman and said they wanted to press charges. Steere said Carolyn J. Hickey, 58, of 5300 Post Rd. was charged with one count of shoplifting.
A Cranston woman was charged with shoplifting on Dec. 1 after security at Wal-Mart told Officer Stephen Kenahan she took the labels off several pieces of jewelry and concealed them in her pants and did not pay for the pieces when she checked out her other purchases. Megan M. Serafine, 24, of 765 Park Ave. in Cranston was charged with one count of shoplifting and released with a summons.
Tiffany M. Brooks, 31, of 31 Norton St. in Pawtucket was also charged with embezzlement from Macy’s on Dec. 1. Loss prevention at the store told Officer Timothy Kenyon they had video of Brooks taking a watch worth $71.25 from the counter to the employees’ coatroom where she concealed it in her purse and then discarded the box it came in before leaving the store without paying for it. She was later released with a summons.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer Nadine Parmenter said she was dispatched to the Walgreen’s store in Hoxsie Four Corners around 3:25 p.m. on Nov. 25 for a report of a suspected drunk driver striking the curb and driving onto the grassy median. She said she arrived to find the driver outside the car, talking to AAA and having trouble reading her card number to them. She said the woman appeared to be intoxicated, was chewing gum and attempting to avoid getting close to her. She said a witness arrived who told Parmenter she had been following the car for some distance and it struck the curb and crossed the double yellow lines several times before it got to Hoxsie. She said she administered a field sobriety test to the driver and she failed it. Barbara J. Feyler, 63, of 155 Grace St. in Cranston was taken to headquarters where she refused to take a breath test. She was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Joshua Myer reported he was dispatched to an accident at Main Avenue and Post Road around 1:30 a.m. for an accident between a tree and a Mini Cooper. He said the woman insisted she was all right and she told them she would not do any field sobriety tests. He said she was arrested and placed in his cruiser and swore at the police and said she was going to sue them. He said the woman continued to refuse any tests and refused medical attention. Sarah A. Chmielinski, 23, of 22 Breakwater Ln. in Narragansett, was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.