The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
Officer Eric Lima reported he was dispatched to I.M. Gans Liquors on Warwick Avenue around 5:10 p.m. on June 12 for an intoxicated man who refused to leave the premises. He said he arrived to find the man standing outside the store with two employees. One of the employees said he ejected the man after they found him falling asleep in the store and asked him to leave and caused a disturbance when they showed him the door. Lima said he ran a check on the man and found out that Alan W. Peck, 50, of 4 Cross St. in Warwick was wanted for failure to appear in Family Court. Peck was taken to headquarters, processed and then delivered to the ACI.
Officer Quentin Tavares reported he was on patrol around 9:30 p.m. on June 12 where he clocked a car doing about 55 miles per hour on Main Avenue. He said he pulled the car over and found that the driver, identified as Francisco Rizzo, 32, of 64 Claypool Dr. in Warwick, had a suspended license. He was taken to headquarters, processed and released with a summons for District Court.
A Warwick woman was charged with stealing an air conditioner and several other items from the Target store on Bald Hill Road on June 11. Security at the store told police she did not take the items on that day from that store but that they did have video of her taken at the Warwick Mall Target that showed her taking the items in the Warwick Mall store. Police said Alison Avila, 21, of 88 Duncan Rd. was charged with shoplifting $161.97 worth of merchandise from the store. She was later released with a summons for District Court.
An East Greenwich woman was charged with shoplifting at Macy’s in the Warwick Mall on June 12 after loss prevention at the store told police she was observed concealing store merchandise in a Macy’s shopping bag and then attempted to leave without paying for the goods. Mastaneh Madani, 47, of 1145 South Rd. was charged with stealing $114.74 worth of clothing.
Aura M. Cruz, 20, of 167 East Wood Ave. in Providence was charged with stealing $508.99 worth of clothing from Macy’s on June 12. Police said that Cruz told them she was shoplifting according to a list given to her by another Providence woman who promised to give her $200 for the goods when she delivered them. Cruz delivered the name of the woman and two other accomplices and told police who gave her a fake driver’s license to use if she was caught shoplifting. She told police it was the first and last time she was going to do something like that.
“WASN’T GONNA LIE”
Officer Christian Vargas reported he and several other officers were dispatched to the Wal-Mart in the Rhode Island Mall on June 13 for a shoplifting in progress. A loss prevention agent at the store reported overhearing a man say he was going to steal a 52” Sony TV. Vargas said they later learned that the man had abandoned the cart with the TV in it after he thought he might be under surveillance and was attempting to leave the store when police stopped him. Vargas said the suspect told them he “wasn’t gonna lie” and that he did plane to steal the TV, after he removed the sensor tags from it, by wheeling it right out of the store. Loss prevention told police he left the cart with the TV and other items in an aisle while he went outside to see if his ride was all set and that was when police stepped in. Loss prevention said that he left the store without paying for the Mike and Ike and Chips Ahoy cookies he ate while walking around the store. Vargas said they could not charge the man for stealing the TV but they could charge him with destroying a security device and stealing the goodies he ate. Frank A. Rogowski, 43, of 114 Pettaconsett Ave. in Warwick was also charged as a probation violator. He was later remanded to the ACI when he could not make the $3,000 surety bail.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer Geoffrey Waldman reported he went to the parking lot of the Cumberland Farms on Post Road around 5:20 a.m. on June 7 for an accident involving two cars. He said one of the drivers involved appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He said the driver repeatedly stopped doing the field sobriety test and said, “I’m not going to pass it anyway.” The driver of the other vehicle told Waldman he was coming out of the store with his coffee when he saw the Jeep Cherokee pull into the lot and collide with the passenger door of his pickup. Waldman said the driver was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test. Michael C. Kearns, 26, of 55 Fairmont Dr. in Warwick was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Daniel DiMaio reported he saw a car turn onto Elmwood Avenue from Post Road with no headlights on around 1:15 a.m. on June 8. He said he followed it onto Elmwood and saw it accelerate as it swerved from lane to lane before he was pulled over. He said the driver appeared to be under the influence and failed a field sobriety test. John A. Defusco, 41, of 588 Park Ave. in Cranston was charged with DUI, refusal, driving after dark without lights and laned roadway violations.
Officer Nicholas Reay reported he was behind a car at a red light on Greenwich Avenue around 3:40 a.m. on June 9 that had its directional on for a left but was sitting in the straight ahead lane. He said he also watched the light change several times without the car moving. He said he approached the driver and saw that her head was resting on the window and she was apparently asleep with her foot on the brake and the car in drive. He said he asked her why she was not moving when the light was green and she told him it was still red. He said she smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to be drunk. He said the woman failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where she refused to take a breath test. Ashley F. Hughes, 25, of 52 Julia St. in Cranston was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported he was following a car on Post Road north around 1:15 a.m. on June 8 as it swerved from lane to lane. He said he activated his emergency lights for a traffic stop and the car stopped in the middle of the travel lane, without pulling over. He said the driver was very excited and nervous and avoided his questions. He said she smelled of alcohol and appeared to be drunk. He said he asked her to take a field sobriety test and she said she did not want to but, when she did try, she failed it and accused DiNardo of “busting her [expletives]” and refused to continue to the next stage. He said he told her she was under arrest on suspicion of DUI and she refused to cooperate and resisted having handcuffs put on her and went limp and had to be carried to the cruiser. He said Eva M. Sousa, 39, of 20 Dixie St. in Cranston blew a .228 and a .216 blood alcohol content (BAC) on the breath test. She was charged with laned roadway violations, DUI and resisting arrest.
Officer Matthew Moretti stopped a Jeep Cherokee he said was weaving from lane to lane and over the double yellow lines on Jefferson Boulevard around 8:25 p.m. on June 9 before it slammed on its brakes to avoid a collision with another car. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. He said he also blew a .147 BAC on a preliminary breath test but refused a second breath test at headquarters. Frank R. Vieira, 55, of 24 James St. in East Providence was charged with laned roadway violations, DUI and refusal.