October 31, 2014
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Police Log

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

“SCREAM” APP

Officer Jacob Elderkin reported being dispatched to the Stop & Gas store at 1959 Warwick Ave. around 6:15 p.m. on April 4 for the larceny of a cell phone. He said he met with a woman who explained that she bought gas earlier that day and went inside to pay for it with a debit card. She said she took her phone out of her purse and put it on the counter while she looked for her card. She told Elderkin she got back in the car and asked the kids where the phone was. She said they didn’t know, so she asked them to dial her phone to see if it was in the car. She said they did not hear the phone and they turned around and went back to the Stop & Gas and she asked the cashier if she had seen her phone and the cashier said she did not and said there had been other people in the store who may have taken the phone. The woman told Elderkin she then went back to her car and called her fiancé and told him what happened. She said he went to their Look Out Phone security application, which would tell him where the phone was. They told Elderkin that indicated the phone was in the store. They also mentioned a “scream button” option with the app, which caused the phone to emit a loud scream to indicate exactly where it is. They told Elderkin they hit the scream button and heard the scream come from the cashier’s purse behind the counter. The fiancé explained what happened to the cashier but she claimed that it was her phone and refused to give it back. That’s when they called the police. Elderkin said she continued to deny she had the phone when he arrived but finally relented and retrieved the phone from under some items behind the counter. Elderkin said the suspect, identified as Laurie A. Frias, 33, of 9 Byron Blvd. In Warwick, said she was scared and that was why she refused to acknowledge she had the phone. She was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property.

SHOPLIFTING

A Massachusetts man was charged with shoplifting at the Best Buy store on Universal Boulevard on April 3. Police said they got a call about a shoplifting in progress around 1:35 p.m. and a description of the suspect who was said to have stuffed some video games into his pockets and was being watched by employees. Police stopped him outside and then spoke with the employees who said they saw him concealing the games and watched as he went to the checkout to pay for a single video game with a credit card. They said they asked him for an ID and the man said he had to go to his car for one and walked out of the store, where police stopped him and recovered the games from his jacket. They said he had three games worth a total of $179.97. Todd M. Blackler, 40, of 28 Huttleston Ave. in Fairhaven, was charged with shoplifting and held for the bail commissioner. Police said they also learned that Blackler was considered a missing and endangered person in Massachusetts and those authorities were notified of his whereabouts.

Police were sent to the Hobby Lobby at 945 Bald Hill Rd. around 2:30 p.m. on March 28 for a difficult suspect being held there by employees. Employees told police the woman was seen selecting several pieces of fabric and concealing them in her purse before attempting to leave without paying for goods worth $42.75. They told police she attempted to push them away and run out of the store but she was detained after a brief struggle. Renee A. Beaudoin, 30, of 157 Youngs Ave. in Coventry was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons. Police said they called Beaudoin’s husband to take custody of the minor girl that was with her.

A Cranston woman was arrested at the Wal-Mart store on Bald Hill Road around 8:45 p.m. on April 2 after loss prevention at the store told police they saw her cut the security sensor off a $94.92 subwoofer amplifier and conceal the item in her purse. Brianna Perotti, 19, of 15 Briarbrooke Ln. was later released with a summons.

Another Cranston woman was arrested on April 5 after loss prevention at the Kohl’s store in the Rhode Island Mall told police they saw her select various pieces of jewelry from that department and removed the packaging before concealing the jewelry in her purse. She was stopped outside and loss prevention said they recovered $104.40 worth of jewelry from her purse. Brittany L. Ferreira, 28, of 27 Myrtle St. was later released with a summons.

A Connecticut woman was charged with being a habitual offender on April 5 after loss prevention at the Wal-Mart store on Bald Hill Road told police she walked out of the store without paying for a variety of items and started throwing the items at a loss prevention agent who was trying to stop her. She was taken back inside where she awaited police. Mary Ann Tipple, 36, of 25 Manor St. in Pawcatuck was later released on $2,000 surety bail.

LARCENY

An employee of Pizzeria Uno on Bald Hill Road told police she arrived at work around 11:30 a.m. and parked her car on the south side of the lot. She said she returned to the car around 10 p.m. and found the passenger side window smashed and her purse, containing $300 in cash, her Social Security card, a debit and a credit card and her checkbook were taken. She was advised to tell police if any of her cards were used. No suspects or witnesses.

A Warwick woman told police she parked her car in City Park the morning of April 1 and took a walk. She said she returned to learn that her purse, which she had covered up before she took her walk, was missing. She said they apparently got into the car through a window with a piece of cardboard covering a broken window. She said about $150 in cash, her credit cards, sunglasses and some prescription drugs were missing. No suspects or witnesses.

A man who lives on South Atlantic Avenue told police his neighbor woke him around 1:30 a.m. on March 31 to tell him he heard some noise outside his house and looked and saw a man jump into a pickup truck just before police arrived for a report of a mini-van propped up with milk cartons at the same address. Police said all four wheels and tires were missing from a Toyota at that address. The owner told police they were worth around $1,500. No suspects.

A CCRI student came to headquarters on March 28 to report that she went to the bookstore around 6:40 p.m. and to buy something when she noticed that her wallet was missing. She said she backtracked to the lower commons, where she was earlier, but did not find it. She said she called the bank to freeze her cards as soon as she was sure it was gone and learned that one of her debit cards had already been used at a local Sunoco station for a $42.94 purchase and again at Wal-Mart for a $7.46 sale. No suspects or witnesses.

The owner of the Mr. Rooter shop on Minnesota Avenue called police on April 2 to report that one of his trucks had been vandalized and broken into and a GPS unit, charger and a two-way splitter charger worth a total of $155 were missing. No suspects or witnesses.


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