September 23, 2014
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Police Log

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

FRAUD

Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported a call to the Ocean State Job Lot at 3030 West Shore Rd. on Feb. 1 for a faked return. The manager said the customer in question came to the service desk and said she wished to return an airbed that cost $40.66. The employee said the woman told her she had not opened the box or used the airbed and she was given a credit for the above amount. She said the woman then became upset and said she wanted cash back, but she was given the store credit instead and she left. The manager said he then opened the returned box and it did not contain a new airbed. He said he held a used and torn mattress of a type and brand the store did not sell. They did have the license number on the receipt the woman signed and traced it to Suzana M. Pona, 37, of 752 Quaker Ln. in Warwick. DiNardo said they had a photo of Pona from past contacts (over 30 arrests in Rhode Island since 1997) and made it part of a photopak to show the employee at Ocean State Job Lot. She said she was 100 percent positive Pona was the woman who returned the used airbed. On Feb. 4, Di Nardo and a detective went to the Westgate Condominiums and Pona answered the door and surrendered without incident. She was held for arraignment for obtaining money by false pretenses.

MISSING TRAILER

Officer Michelle Caron reported a missing boat and trailer on Feb 2. A man came into headquarters and said he kept his boat in a parking lot behind the Sandy Lane Meat Market and when he went to check on them that day, he noticed that they were missing. He said he last saw the items on Jan. 26 and said the 12-foot Sylvan and the Tidewater trailer were worth a total of $1,250. No suspects or witnesses.

LARCENY

A Verndale Street resident told police he found that someone had gone through the two vehicles he kept in his driveway sometime over the weekend of Feb. 1 and stolen a cell phone charger, a GPS unit and a DVD player worth a total of  $365. No suspects or witnesses.

A Stoddard Place resident reported a Toshiba laptop worth $1,550 went missing from his car on Feb. 3. He said the computer was in the back seat of his car while it was parked overnight in front of his house. No suspects or witnesses.

An iPhone and the case for it were missing from a car parked at Supply New England on Jefferson Boulevard on Jan. 31. The woman said two men had been in the store around 11:30 a.m. before they hurried out when asked if they needed help, saying they would be back later with their wives. She suspected they took the phone. No witnesses.

SHOPLIFTING

Two Providence women were charged with stealing $1,126.77 worth of goods from the Wal-Mart on Post Road on Jan. 27. Officer John Curley reported he and another officer were dispatched to the store for a shoplifting in progress who were walking out of the store with a 41” television and a Playstation 3 that they didn’t pay for. Loss prevention at the store told Curley they saw the women remove the security devices from the goods and head out the door after they cut the devices off with scissors. Destiny M. Brown, 33, of 10 Knowles St. was charged with shoplifting and tampering with security devices. Genesis Gomez, 18, of the same address was charged with shoplifting and vandalism for destroying security devices. Curley said they learned that Gomez was a bail violator and held her for the next session of District Court.

Ernesto Nunez, 19, of 48 Whittier St. in Providence was charged with shoplifting and possession of implements of concealment at TJ Maxx on Bald Hill Road on Jan. 30. Officer Gilda Fortier reported that loss prevention told her they saw Nunez concealing items in a GameStop shopping bag and was stopped outside when he walked out of the store into the presence of a loss prevention agent and Fortier. Fortier said they learned the bag he was carrying had been rigged with duct tape and foil to defeat the security tags on the merchandise. He was held for the bail commissioner and later released on $2,500 personal recognizance.

DUI AND REFUSAL

Officer Hovsep Sarkisian reported an accident between a car and house on Heath Avenue around 5:40 p.m. on Jan. 27. He said he found the front end to the car mounted on the front stairs of the house and witnesses pointed out a man standing in the driveway, smoking a cigarette who they identified as the driver. He said the man admitted he was driving the car but said that model car was subject to a recall for a problem with the accelerator, which he believed caused him to lose control of the car and accelerate into the stairs at a high rate of speed. He said the man told him he had already taken the car back and assumed it had been fixed but now it was behaving erratically again. Sarkisian said the man smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated and he suspected he was intoxicated. He said he gave the guy a field sobriety test that he failed. He said he arrested Edward M. Maynard Jr. of 315 Harrington Ave. in Warwick and took him to headquarters where he refused a breath test. Maynard was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult. He said he also had the car towed and put a “hold” on it, pending an inspection of the accelerator.

Officer Jason Cooke reported he was on patrol around 10:50 p.m. on Jan. 25 when another officer called in a suspected drunk driver heading north from Oakland Beach Avenue. Cooke said the officer was conducting a traffic stop when a car crossed over the double yellow lanes and almost crashed into him. Cooke said he spotted the suspect car near Sandy Lane and pulled it over on Sevilla Avenue. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He said he asked the driver to get out of the car; he stepped out and fell immediately to the ground and did even worse after that and Cooke stopped the test and arrested David Lund, 54, of 65 Florin St. in Warwick and took him to headquarters where he refused to take a breath test. He was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations and later released with a summons. 


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