The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
A Providence woman was charged with stealing $933.10 worth of merchandise from the Target store in the Warwick Mall on May 29. Officer William Castaldi reported that security at the store told him they watched the woman on closed circuit television as she made three trips around the store, loading up with electronics, clothing and home goods before she started walking back and forth between the door and the service department before finally walking out of the store without paying for the goods. She was led back into the store and held for police. Dana M. McKinnon, 18, of 99 Rugby St. was charged with shoplifting and later released from headquarters with a summons for District Court.
Officer Eric Lima reported arresting a Warwick man at Macy’s in the Warwick Mall on May 29 after loss prevention at the store told him they saw him select two pairs of shorts and six tank tops and then went into the fitting room with the goods. They said he emerged with only the shorts and a visibly fuller shopping bag. They told Lima they inspected the fitting room and found two shirts and a pair of khakis and several empty hangers. They said he returned to the fitting room with more items and came out again. They said they looked in the fitting room again and saw the khakis were missing. They said he then made a purchase and left the store and was stopped outside. They said they recovered four tanks tops and the pair of khakis from Benjamin H. Lippitt, 19, of 318 Brookline Dr., that were not paid for. Lippitt was charged with stealing $104.49 worth of merchandise. Lima said he took Lippitt to headquarters where he learned he had been arrested previously and was out on bail. He was held for the bail commissioner and later released on $1,000 surety bail.
On May 28, loss prevention at the JC Penney store in the Warwick Mall told Officer Gary Driscoll they saw Imaobong Ikpe, 28, of 60 Joseph St. in Providence take three tops and a blouse and conceal them before leaving the store without paying for them. She was later released with a summons for District Court.
Daniel L. Campos, 52, of 344 Washington St. in Providence was charged with felony shoplifting at Macy’s in the Warwick Mall on May 27 after Officer Gary Driscoll took custody of him after two loss prevention officers from the Warwick Mall caught up with him in the backyard of a house at the corner of Greenwich Avenue and Route 5. Driscoll said he put handcuffs on Campos and then frisked him for weapons and contraband before putting him in the back seat of his cruiser. A loss prevention agent from Macy’s said Campos had stolen expensive sunglasses from Macy’s and the Sunglass Hut. She said she saw Campos select about six pairs of Oakley sunglasses worth a total of $850 and conceal them in a cloth shopping bag. The manager of the Sunglass Hut told Driscoll three pairs of Coach and two pairs of Prada sunglasses worth $1,139 were taken from the hut, along with his own pair of Prada prescription glasses that cost $850. Macy’s loss prevention said they chased Campos after he ran when they attempted to detain him in the mall. She said they were detaining him in the yard when Driscoll arrived. Driscoll said a check of Campos’ BCI record revealed three prior convictions for felony shoplifting and two priors for felony receiving stolen goods. He was charged as a habitual offender and a probation violator. He was assessed $5,000 surety bail on the latest charge and then remanded to the ACI.
Officer Gary Driscoll reported he was on patrol around 1:45 p.m. on May 26 when he got a call about a larceny in progress on Graystone Street. The reporting party told dispatch there was a truck to the rear of the Droitcour Company being loaded with scrap metal without the permission of the owners. Driscoll said he pulled up behind the building and saw two men beside the truck. He said the younger of the two men fled toward the power lines behind the building near Service Road and the older man started to flee and then hesitated and stopped. Driscoll said he called in for backup and arrested the older man. The caller told police he was checking out the property after hours because there had been a number of thefts of scrap from them recently and came upon the men in the process. Paulo B. Travassos, 46, of 103 Sand Pond Rd. in Warwick was taken to headquarters where he would not tell Driscoll the last name of his accomplice. Driscoll said he asked Travassos if this was the first time he had taken scrap from that property and he said it was the first and only time. Driscoll said he then informed Travassos that the owner already told police he had video of the prior thefts and that he would face further charges if it turned out to be him on the video, he would be arrested and charged again. Driscoll said he also learned that Travassos was out on bail for a prior felony larceny charge from March and he was later remanded to the ACI as a bail violator, with an additional $5,000 surety bail assessed for the latest charge.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Office Matthew Moretti reported he was dispatched to the area of Centerville and Toll Gate Roads for a possible drunk driver around 6:15 p.m. on May 22. Moretti said he located the vehicle near Apponaug Four Corners and saw it weave in and out of lanes twice before he pulled it over near Prospect Street and Post Road. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He said the driver told him he had one shot and two beers to drink earlier. He said he had the driver get out of his car for a field sobriety test and saw he was unsteady on his feet and failed the test. He said he then asked the driver to take a preliminary breath test on the portable analyzer and he replied that he had two shots of vodka and three beers and probably shouldn’t. He said he arrested the driver and the driver asked him if there was something they could do to help him out. “Paul Wisnieski stated to me …‘I can give your wife a diamond.’ I told Paul Wisnieski that he was being transported to HQ, and there was nothing that would change that.”
Moretti said Wisnieski refused a breath test at headquarters and was charged with DUI, second offense; refusal, second offense; laned roadway violations; and presence of alcohol, for the open bottle of vodka found in Wisnieski’s vehicle.
Moretti said Wisnieski was about to be released to a sober friend when he asked Moretti if they found the bottle of vodka in his vehicle and if it was being held as evidence. Moretti said he told him, yes, they found it and, yes, it was being held as evidence and Wisnieski’s response was, “[Expletive], that was my last bottle.”