November 27, 2014
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Police Log

The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police

SHOPLIFTING
Officer Aaron Steere reported he was dispatched to the Old Navy store in the Warwick Mall around 5:25 p.m. on March 3 for a shoplifting that had just occurred. He said loss prevention agents showed him video of the suspect and a companion leaving the store with items that were not paid for. Steere said they gave him the license plate of the car they saw the woman and her companion get into and drive off in. The plate was traced to a West Warwick woman and Steere hooked up with a West Warwick police officer and went to the address at 43 Old Carriage Rd. He said a female answered the door and she fit the description of the suspect given by the Old Navy personnel. He reported that he asked her if she knew why he was there and she replied it was probably because she left the store with one of their shopping bags, and then she explained that she was at Macy’s before she was at the Old Navy store and she put the items she bought at Macy’s in the Old Navy bag prior to leaving the store. He said she asked her if she still had the bag she took from Old Navy and she said she did and led him to the bedroom where she had the bag and four “female shirts” she admitted she took from Old Navy without paying for. Steere said Alyssa Lynn Ellingwood, 24, of 43 Old Carriage Rd., was taken to headquarters where she was charged with shoplifting and then released with a summons for District Court.
Officer John Madden reported he went to the Stop & Shop in Meadowbrook on Feb. 18 and took custody of a Warwick man for shoplifting. A loss prevention agent for the store told Madden he saw the man put some grocery items in reusable bags inside his carriage before going to the register and paying for the other items in his cart and then leave the store without paying for the concealed goods. He was brought back inside the store where the agent said they recovered $30.11 worth of groceries that had not been paid for. Joseph A. Heiss, 52, of 65 Hayes St. was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and later released with a summons for District Court.
Officer Matthew Moretti reported that a call about a shoplifting in progress at the Walmart on Bald Hill Road turned into a high-speed chase on Route 95 and ended in West Warwick after an 8.4-mile chase that reached speeds of 90 to 99 mph before it was ended by stop-sticks deployed near East Greenwich Avenue and Cowesett Road. Moretti said it all started when he saw the suspect leaving the store after loss prevention agents said he was attempting to leave the store with two X-Box consoles he removed from a case in the electronics department. They told Moretti he broke the lock on the case and removed the consoles and then covered them with towels and bags of dog food and wheeled the carriage toward the doors. They also told Moretti he was a known shoplifter who had been hitting Walmart stores in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts and had stolen car stereos from those stores within the last two months. Morretti said they saw the man walk out of the store without the shopping cart, apparently spooked by police, and hurry into a Jeep Cherokee and drive off. Moretti jumped into his cruiser and followed. He said the Jeep was pulled over on East Avenue and Moretti was approaching the Jeep on foot when it took off. He said he saw the driver throw something out of the vehicle as it was aggressively forcing other vehicles off the road and then took a dangerous u-turn on East Avenue and then on to 95 heading south. Moretti said he clocked the car at 90 mph as it forced other vehicles off the road and continued to speed south. He said it reached 99 mph before it exited into Coventry and Moretti had to call the chase off for safety reasons. West Warwick and Coventry had already been notified of the chase and West Warwick’s spike sticks stopped the Jeep in their town. Jessie Ocasio, 32, of 42 Cutler St. in New London, CT, was taken to Warwick headquarters where he was charged with felony shoplifting, eluding police, reckless driving, speeding, littering (for the tissue-wrapped hypodermic needle they recovered on East Avenue), laned roadway violations, and driving on a suspended license. Moretti said there were also outstanding arrest warrants for Ocasio from Westerly, Coventry and Warwick. Officer Aaron Steere reported he was going to follow up with Walmart to determine what other charges would be added to the list of offenses, which already included obstructing an officer for giving West Warwick police a phony name. Surety bail was set at $10,000 and Ocasio was remanded to the ACI when he couldn’t pay it.

EXTORTION?
Officer Paul Wells reported he was dispatched to the Bank of America’s Apponaug branch for a report of a man apparently attempting to intimidate a woman into giving her $3,000. The manager of the branch told Wells one of his tellers alerted him that a white male came into the bank around 11:30 a.m. and was standing next to a woman in line. Wells said the teller said the woman looked frightened and told the teller she didn’t know him. The teller asked him to leave and he did. The teller said the woman, who had already left before Wells got there, told her he cornered her next to the ATM and asked her for money and then walked into the bank standing next to her. Witnesses told police he left the bank and got into a car and drove across the street to the Mobil gas station, where Sgt. Robert Rocco located him and was detaining him. The woman left without filing a complaint but Rocco told Wells the man did have a suspended license and unregistered car and they were going to charge him with at least that. Stephen Vezina, 43, of 45 Monticello St. in Providence was taken to headquarters and later released with a summons.

DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer John Curley reported he was dispatched to Centerville Road around 10 p.m. on Feb. 22 for a report of a possible drunk driver. The report was phoned in by an off-duty Rhode Island state trooper who said the car was “all over the highway” on Route 95 before it got off the highway. Curley said he saw the vehicle near Centerville Road and Post Road and took a turn the wrong way onto Greenwich Avenue without a turn signal and then pulled into the parking lot of the Pawtucket Credit Union, where Curley conducted the vehicle stop. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated, his speech was slurred and he appeared to be very confused. He said the driver failed the field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he told Curley he was not going to do anything without his lawyer present, then said he would take the breath test and then said he would not and finally refused. Scott R. Bolton, 29, of 25 Pine Hill Rd. in Johnston, was charged with DUI and refusal and given a ticket for traveling the wrong way on a one-way street.


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