The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
Officer Scott Chanthaphouvong reported going to Rent-A-Center at 1800 Post Rd. around 11 a.m. on May 18 for a complaint about a television they delivered as a rental-purchase agreement to a man on Nov. 1 of last year. They claimed that they had not received a payment for the television since March 29 and the man owed a balance of $508.15 on the television. They also told Chanthaphouvong they spoke with him on May 1 and he told them he was not going to pay and was not going to return the television and they should take him to court for it. The Center claimed that all subsequent attempts, including visits, have been unsuccessful. Chanthaphouvong said he got the man on the phone and he told him he no longer had the television and could not make the payments and turned himself in at headquarters two hours later. Chanthaphouvong said the man told him his girlfriend moved out and took the television with her and that he was disabled and he did not have the means to pay for it. Ronnie P. Falcone, 30, of 23 Aldrich Ave. in Cranston was charged with felony sale or concealment of leased property and transported to District Court.
Det. Joseph Petrarca said three females were summoned to headquarters on May 17 after their names were traced from a vehicle used to get away from Wal-Mart personnel on April 30. Petrarca said two adult females and one 17-year-old girl came in for questioning regarding the incident. He said the 17-year-old told him her aunt and cousin picked her up after school on April 30 and told her they had a few stops to make before they went home. She said she had no idea they intended to steal from the Wal-Mart on Bald Hill Road, which was the second stop they made. She told Petrarca she only became aware of the shoplifting after employees attempted to stop them when they left the store. She said she did not act as a lookout or distraction for them, as they concealed things they had removed from packaging and checking out about $200 worth of merchandise at the register but not the $65.38 worth of concealed items.
Petrarca said the girl’s aunt and cousin both admitted to stealing the items and reiterated that the girl was innocent. The girl’s cousin said they made a stop at the ACI, where her aunt deposited some money into an account there and then went to Wal-Mart. The girl was released without being charged. Chante M. Thompson, 30, of 890 Hope St., and Lynette M. Daveiga, 31, of 82 Ontario St., both in Providence, were charged with shoplifting and later released with summonses.
<*J>A Providence man was charged with stealing $317.24 worth of groceries, including $82 worth of lobster from the Stop & Shop on Quaker Lane on May 18. Officer Manuel Pacheco reported he was dispatched to the store around 7:20 p.m. and found the suspect being held on the ground by five or six employees from the store. He said he cuffed the suspect and put him in his cruiser while he spoke with witnesses. He said a loss prevention manager told him he was alerted to a man with a significant amount of lobster in his cart that also had 12 cans of Enfamil baby formula, a notoriously attractive item to career shoplifters. The manager said he followed the man and noticed him contacting a woman who was waiting in the parking lot. He said they closed in on the man as he left through the pharmacy door and detained him until police arrived. Danilo A. Lizarda, 40, of 15 Stadden St. in Providence had a number of priors, including a shoplifting conviction in 2007 and was charged with felony shoplifting.
Rosa Gomez, 61, of 78 Westwood Ave, in Cranston was charged with shoplifting at Kohl’s in the Rhode Island Mall on May 18 after security there told police she concealed $47.70 worth of jewelry and removed it from its packaging before attempting to leave the store without paying for it. She was later released with a summons.
Derick Teles, 29, of 32 Balcom St. in East Providence was charged with shoplifting at the Wal-Mart store on Post Road on May 17 after loss prevention told police they saw him tear the packaging off a $129.98 Samsung cell phone and conceal it in a Wal-Mart bag before leaving the store without paying for it. He was later released with a summons.
Officer Nelson Carreiro reported he was on patrol in Conimicut Village around 5:30 p.m. on May 16 when he saw three men in a driveway on Grace Avenue who seemed startled to see him, which caused him to think they were up to something, so he said he circled the block and saw that the plate on the car in the driveway did not match the car it was issued to. He said the car pulled out of the driveway and then turned onto West Shore Road and then an immediate right onto Transit without using a signal and Carreiro stopped it. He said the smell of burnt marijuana was coming from the car and the driver admitted he smoked some inside the house, which was why they were startled when they saw him. Carreiro said he did a probable cause search of the car and found two baggies and a scale, even though the driver said he only bought it for himself and not to sell. Shawn Philip Lynch, 28, of 726 West Shore Rd. was charged with simple possession of marijuana and later released with a summons.
DUI OR REFUSAL
Officer Patrick Smith reported stopping a car in the lot of the Rite Aid store on Bald Hill Road around 12:30 a.m. on May 16 after he noticed it was heading south with no headlights or taillights on. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and gave him a credit card when he asked her for her license. He said he had to stop the field sobriety test for the woman’s safety after she nearly fell down before they started. He said Maria Tavares, 55, of 450 Providence St. in West Warwick, was taken to headquarters where she registered a .298 and a .295 blood alcohol content (BAC) on the breath test. She was charged with DUI, first offense, and driving without lights after dark and then transported to Kent Hospital for detox.
Officer John Curley reported stopping a car he saw turn onto Airport Road without using a signal and then proceed west on Airport in the eastbound lane before he stopped it near 777 Airport. He said the driver told him she did not know why she had been pulled over and she looked and smelled like she had been drinking. He said he stopped the field sobriety test after the one-leg stand didn’t go past 10 seconds. He said Mariah Martins, 54, of 60 Walker Rd. in Warwick registered a .147 and a .135 BAC on the Breathalyzer. She was charged with DUI, first offense, and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Brian Chianese said he was on patrol around 6 p.m. on May 17 when he clocked a car doing 56 mph on Jefferson Boulevard. Chianese said he turned his cruiser around in time to see the car make an illegal U-turn and speed off, as it crossed several times between lanes. He said he had his lights, siren and air horn working to get the car to pull over a half-mile down the street. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and was incoherent with his speech. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he was given a breath test by a certified officer and registered a .243 and a .230 BAC. Michael S. Corcoran, 31, of 455 Warwick Ave. in Warwick was charged with DUI, speeding and laned roadway violations and later released to a sober adult.