The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
Police were dispatched to a computer service company on Jefferson Boulevard on June 1 for a report of three large air conditioner units that had gone missing from a fenced area in back of the building. They saw the fence was broken down and the company said a gas grill and a lawn mower that were also kept within the fence were missing. Officer Gary Driscoll reported that it was the second time he heard of large air conditioners being stolen and a company down the street had reported a similar theft that occurred between May 31 and June 1. He said there was some surveillance video of a suspect from that and it was possible they were connected.
Police took a report of two bikes and two drills missing from a garage on Sandy Lane on June 3. A homeowner said she and her husband were about to take a bike ride when they discovered that the bikes were missing from her garage. She said her husband also noticed the drills were missing at the same time. The bikes were valued at $700 each and the baby seat attached to one of them cost $44. The drills were worth $300. No suspects or witnesses. The woman told police she believes the garage was unlocked and there were no signs of forced entry.
A Squantum Drive woman summoned police to her home to show the damage that someone had done to her lawn sometime between June 3 and June 4. She showed police the section of her yard near the corner of Weetamoe Drive that had a 10-foot tire rut that was 6 inches deep in some places. There were no suspects or witnesses.
A Warwick woman was charged with shoplifting at Macy’s in the Warwick Mall on May 30 after police stopped the white pickup truck she was in on Hillard Avenue. Officer Manuel Pacheco was sent to the vehicle stop where a loss prevention man identified Laura A. Aptt, 34, of 3408 West Shore Rd. as the woman he saw take two sets of men’s cologne and conceal them in her bag before leaving the store without paying for them. Pacheco said the LP also told police how the woman got away from him. He told police he followed her out of the store and was in the middle of asking her to come back inside when she tried to run and he grabbed her arm as a white pickup truck pulled up and a man with a cane told him to let her go or he would “bash your head in.”
The woman was arrested and charged with felony shoplifting based on her prior convictions. Pacheco said Aptt told him she was merely returning merchandise and not stealing when she was stopped, but Pacheco found some bags in the truck filled with what looked like a lot of new clothes with tags but no receipts for them, even though Aptt said they were paid for and she was returning them. He said that merchandise was confiscated and Aptt was told she could have them back when she could prove they belonged to her.
Pacheco said her boyfriend claimed that the loss prevention agent was in plain clothes and didn’t show a badge, so he thought he was protecting his girlfriend from a strange man and not trying to intimidate a loss prevention agent when he threatened him with his cane. He was allowed to leave for lack of proof, regardless of his criminal history. Aptt was held as a probation violator.
A Massachusetts woman was arrested at Macy’s on May 31 after a loss prevention agent told police she took 13 items into a fitting room and emerged later with only five of them visible. He said the woman had a shopping bag from Wal-Mart that she didn’t see before she went in the room and there were several items inside that. The loss prevention agent said she stopped her after she tried to leave without paying for anything and recovered four dresses from the Wal-Mart bag and four more that the woman had put on under her own clothes. The LP also said all four items she was wearing had been stained with perspiration and could not be sold and one of the dresses in the Wal-Mart bag was damaged from a sensor being torn off. Nicole Civitarese, 25, of 179 County St. in Attleboro, was charged with shoplifting and later released on $1,000 surety bail.
A Providence woman was arrested and charged with stealing $95.50 worth of women’s clothing from Macy’s on May 31. A loss prevention agent told police she walked out with a “Material Girl” bra top on that she didn’t pay for and had a pair of “Celebrity Pink” jeans and a “Material Girl” dress concealed in a shoe box when she walked out without paying for the stuff. Ellen Louise Merritt, 21, of 82 Sutton St. in Providence was later released with a summons.
DUI OR REFUSAL
Sgt. John Choquette reported he was on patrol around 12:10 a.m. at Sandy Lane and Warwick Avenue when he saw a white Lincoln run a red light and continue north on Warwick Avenue. He said he began to pursue the car and realized it was going faster than he anticipated and was swerving from lane to lane. He said he put his lights and siren on but the car did not stop until it got to Brothers Oven Pizza and turned into the parking lot. He said the driver was out of the car and walking toward Brothers and ordered him to stop. He said the driver claimed he didn’t hear the siren or see the lights. Choquette said he appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test. John A. Moosey Jr., 42, of 56 Dayna Dr. in West Greenwich, was taken to headquarters where he blew a .138 and a .128 blood alcohol content (BAC) on the breath test. He was charged with DUI, running a red light, running a stop sign and laned roadway violations. Choquette said Moosey was transported to Kent Hospital after he said he wanted to arrange for additional tests.
Officer Rose Michel reported an accident in the parking lot of Pizzeria Uno on Bald Hill Road around 12:45 a.m. on May 21. She said the woman who was driving the car that hit a guardrail before ending up in the parking lot appeared to be drunk. She said she gave the woman a field sobriety test that she failed and she was taken to headquarters where she refused a breath test. Luisa Gonzalez, 34, of 861 Broad St. in Providence was charged with DUI and refusal and released to a sober adult.
Tammy M. Bagdanovich, 38, of 1234 Scituate Ave. in Cranston was charged with DUI and refusal on May 27 after she was stopped for going the wrong way on a one-way in Apponaug around 1:35 a.m. Officer Albert Marano said other vehicles were honking their horns to get her attention and he had to use his PA system several times before he got her attention and had her pull into the Dunkin’ Donuts lot. He said Bagdanovich failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test at headquarters. She was charged with DUI and refusal and going the wrong way on a one-way. He said she assured him she had a good lawyer and was going to get off because of that. She was later released to a sober adult.