The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
Officer Albert Marano reported he went to Audio & Security at 1921 Warwick Ave. around 11:25 a.m. on Dec. 27 for a report of a larceny from a car there. An employee there told Marano a customer left a 1998 Mercedes there to have a stereo installed and that he last saw the vehicle on Dec. 24, after it had the stereo installed and it was in good condition. He said he came to work that day and found that the front and rear driver’s side windows had been smashed in and the $185 radio that they had installed had been stolen and, for good measure, the car had been keyed from “door to door and on the hood.” Marano said there were no suspects or witnesses.
Officer Jason Brodeur reported he went to headquarters around 9:48 p.m. on Dec. 29 to take a report of a larceny that occurred earlier at the YMCA on Centerville Road. A 22-year-old Cranston man told Brodeur he made a few purchases at the PC Warehouse on Route 2 around 3:30 that afternoon and then went to the Y. He said, as he was leaving the Y he realized that the credit card and his driving license that he used earlier were missing from his pocket, yet his debit card was still in his pocket. He said he called Citibank to report that the card was lost and learned that there was a $400 purchase made with it at a Rite Aid in North Kingstown and a $500 purchase at a CVS in the same town. He told Brodeur that, as of 9 p.m., Citibank told him that the person was using the card at Twin River and that they cancelled the card. Brodeur said that he should report the North Kingstown purchases to the North Kingstown police and took a report from the man.
Officer Tammy Mello took a report of a stolen snow blower on Houston Drive on Dec. 31. The owner told Mello the snow blower had been left against the garage because it had not been working and was in the process of being repaired. He told Mello the incident probably occurred around 8:30 p.m. the night before because that was the time it was when his wife heard a loud noise from the driveway. He said the 50’ extension cord used for the blower was also missing. The blower was worth $300 and the extension cost $10. No suspects or witnesses.
A Coventry man told Officer John Larivee that the stereo-navigation-CD player was stolen from his Cadillac Escalade on Jan. 4. The owner told Larivee he left the car parked on Coburn Street around 5:45 p.m. the day before and returned the next day to find that the door was damaged and apparently pried open sometime overnight and the factory installed entertainment-navigation system was stolen. Larivee said there were deep scratches on the doorframes and doors and the speaker covers were removed and there was damage to the dashboard caused by tearing out the electronics. The stereo alone, without the cost of repairs, was worth $500. No suspects or witnesses.
Officer Brian Murray went to St. Gregory the Great Church on Cowesett Road around 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 7 for a report of a vandalized truck. He said a woman there told him she parked the truck in the lot around 1 p.m. and returned at 3 p.m. to find that the passenger side window was smashed. She said she checked the vehicle and found that nothing was missing but Murray said there was a zippered bag on the floor that looked like a purse and he suspected that whoever broke the window also partially unzipped the bag to find that it contained nothing more that a few plastic containers. She estimated that the window would cost $250 to repair. No suspects or witnesses.
Officer John Curley reported a woman came into headquarters on Dec. 29 to report that someone had gone through her car while it was parked in her driveway on Spring Green Road on Dec. 27. She said she came out that morning and noticed that the contents of her glove compartment were on the front seat and the change she left in the ashtray was gone and the backseat was empty. She said she left her winter coat and backpack in the backseat and about $15 cash were in the missing items. She said she later found the contents of the back seat on the ground and that the rain had damaged them. She said she didn’t want to press charges and just wanted the police to know about the incident because there were a number of other similar incidents in the area around the same time and thought the police should be aware of it.
Officer Aaron Steere reported he was dispatched to the Walmart on Bald Hill Road on Dec. 27 for a shoplifting suspect in custody there. A loss prevention agent told him she saw the suspect take a $29.48 set of hair rollers from the health and beauty section and then go to the women’s clothing section and conceal the curlers in her pants. She said she stopped the woman after she left the store without paying for them. Marisol Monge, 25, of 20 Serrel Sweet Rd. in Johnston was taken to headquarters where she was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons.
Officer Eric Lima was dispatched to the Walmart on Bald Hill Road on Dec. 26 for a shoplifting suspect who was accused to selecting four rings from the jewelry counter and then going to the clothing department where she ripped the rings from their security sensors and concealed them in her coat pockets. A loss prevention agent told Lima the rings were worth a total of $43.52. Susan Montgomery, 61, of 300 Broadway in Pawtucket was charged with shoplifting and later released form headquarters with a summons.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer Terence McMullin reported he was out with an accident on Oakland Beach Avenue around 2 a.m. on Jan 7 when a woman approached him and told him that the man at the wheel of a car stopped behind McMullin’s cruiser appeared to be passed out at the wheel. McMullin said he went back to the car and saw the man slumped over the wheel. He said the window was down and he yelled at the man. He said the man woke up and the car started rolling forward and he yelled at him again to stop. He said he approached and asked the man what he was waiting for and he answered with slurred speech that he was awaiting to go and started rolling again. This time he was told to put the car in park and shut it off but the man turned the wipers on instead and kept rolling until he put the brake on and found the gearshift. McMullin said that by that time, the man was about one foot away from the cruiser. He said the man had difficulty getting out of the car and braced himself as he got out to keep his balance. McMullin said the man failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he registered a .136 and a .119 blood alcohol content. Brian E. Ronca, 24, of 45 Silver Fox Rd. in Franklin, MA, was charged with DUI and later released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
Officer Stephen Major reported he was on patrol around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 when he saw a red Saab doing 70 mph while weaving from lane to lane on Route 95. He said he pulled the car over and observed that the driver smelled of alcohol and slurred his speech. He said the man appeared to be intoxicated and was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. He said Joseph Rainone, 69, of 55 Meghan Ln. in North Kingstown, was taken to headquarters where he refused to take a breath test. He was charged with DUI, refusal, speeding and laned roadway violation and later turned over to a sober adult.