October 22, 2014
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Police Log

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

SHOPLIFTING

Officer Eric Lima arrested a Providence man on May 24 for shoplifting at Macy’s in Warwick Mall. Loss prevention agents at the store told Lima the man took a number of items into a fitting room and emerged with only two. She said she only found two empty hangers in the stall and a shirt returned to a rack with an ink stain from a sensor tag on it. She said they stopped the man outside the store and found two Lacoste shirts worth a total of $208 that were not paid for. She also wanted him charged with ruining a $98 shirt. Han Jun Liu, 30, of 145 New York Ave., Providence, was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons.

A West Warwick woman was charged with stealing eight pieces of boys’ and girls’ clothing worth $244.50 from Macy’s on May 28. Loss prevention said they recovered the clothes form a handbag she was carrying after they stopped her outside. Rosa M. DeVicente, 54, of 6 Phenix Ave., was later released with a summons.

Michelle P. Mancini, 23, of 84 West Hill Dr., Cranston, was charged with shoplifting after loss prevention told police she concealed three items worth $82 on her person and then leave the store without paying for them. She was charged with shoplifting at headquarters and later released with a summons.

An 18-year-old Cranston man was charged with stealing a bottle of Hennessey cognac from Haxton’s Liquors on Bald Hill Road on May 25. An employee at the store told police he saw the man take the bottle to another part of the store and tuck it into his waistband before leaving the store without paying for it but managed to drive away in a green Subaru the day before. The employee said he called police when he saw the same man return the next day. Police found the man in the Subaru in the parking lot and arrested him for the theft of the $45.98 bottle of brandy the day before. Alfred Masse, of 113 Dunedin St., was booked and then later released with a summons.

Police were back at Macy’s on May 26 for a Cranston woman charged with shoplifting 10 pieces of miscellaneous jewelry worth $910. Loss prevention said they had video of Melinda S. Rodrigo, 34, of 292 Pontiac Ave., concealing the goods and walking out of the store without paying for the stuff. She was processed at headquarters and later released with a summons.

Police were dispatched to Sears at Rhode Island Mall on May 27 for a Cranston woman they said was leaving the parking lot after they saw her concealing items and then walk out of the store and get into her car before they caught up with her. Officer Stephen Major said he traced the plate and called the phone number associated with it. He said the registered owner answered and told him her mother was using the car that day. Major said he told her there was video surveillance of her mother shoplifting at Sears and to have her come back to the store immediately. Major said the owner did contact her mother and told her to go back to the store, where Major was waiting for her. He said the woman denied taking anything, but when he told her she was captured on video she replied, “Ah, you do what you gotta do.” Nancy J. Masello, 69, of 15 Cadillac Ave., Cranston, was taken to headquarters, processed, and later released with a summons.

DUI AND REFUSAL

Sgt. Timothy Marshall reported stopping a pickup truck near Warwick Avenue and Squantum Drive around 1:20 a.m. on May 27. He said the truck was drifting in and out of its travel lane and over the double yellow lines before he pulled it over and the driver appeared to be under the influence. He said the man’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech slurred and he smelled strongly of alcohol. He said he gave the driver a field sobriety test that he failed and arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving. He said the driver registered a .156 and a .165 blood alcohol content on the breath test. Russell Peter Smith, 51, of 96 Benbridge Ave., Warwick, was charged with DUI and laned roadway violations and later released with a summons.

Officer Patrick Smith reported he was on patrol around 1:20 a.m. on May 18 when he saw an SUV tailgating another vehicle on Warwick Avenue. He said he followed the SUV and saw it weaving from lane to lane and crossing the double yellow lines and then accelerating to over 65 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone. He said he followed the SUV onto Airport Road and pulled it over at 78 Airport. He said the driver smelled strongly of alcohol and slurred his speech and appeared to be intoxicated. He said he gave the driver a field sobriety test that he failed. The driver was taken to headquarters, where he refused a breath test. Brian J. Murphy, 38, of 55 Joseph Ct., Warwick, was charged with DUI, refusal, speeding, laned roadway violations and possession of a small amount of marijuana that was found in the center console of the SUV. He was later released to a sober adult.

Officer Jeffrey Taranto reported he was on a fixed traffic post at Main and Greenwich Avenues when he heard “a loud crash that sounded like metal on metal” around 3:40 a.m. on May 18. He said he saw a white SUV driving on the wrong side of the median on Main, approach the intersection of Greenwich, go through the red light and onto the westbound lane of East Avenue. He said he pulled it over before the on-ramp for 95. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and smelled of alcohol and said he “didn’t know” where he was going or where he came from. He said he gave the driver a field sobriety test that he failed decisively and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He said he took Vu H. Nguyen, 40, of 877 Main Ave., Warwick, to headquarters, where he refused a breath test. He was charged with DUI, refusal, lane roadway violations and running a red light. He was later released with a summons.


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