September 3, 2014
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SHOPLIFTING, NOT

Officer James Vible reported he was on patrol around 9:15 a.m. when he got a call to be on the lookout for a black Subaru suspected of being involved in a shoplifting from the Lakewood Liquor store. Dispatch described the car as having two mismatched Massachusetts plates. Vible said he pulled the car over on Post Road near Elm Street. He said he immediately smelled alcohol and soon suspected the driver was intoxicated. He said the driver fumbled with his wallet for a few minutes before he said, “Look, just arrest me, you got me.” He said the driver refused to answer any questions about the liquor store and failed a field sobriety test. He said he then heard that the liquor store was not pressing charges because the suspect left $60 on the counter for the bottles he took on an earlier occasion that was caught on video but he was still arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. Vible said Eric M. Cole, 45, of 84 Nagog Hill Rd. in Acton, Mass., refused a breath test at headquarters and was charged with DUI, refusal, driving an unregistered car, no insurance and misuse of license plates. He was issued a summons and later released to a sober adult.

SWITCHED

A West Warwick man told Officer Brian Murray he went to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 699 Bald Hill Road around 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 15. He said he got there with his 21-speed Mongoose mountain bike and left it leaning against the wall while he went inside to buy a few items. He said a man on the way out of the store was pushing an older blue mountain bike. He said he came out and found that his bike was gone and the older bike was left on the side of the store. He told Murray he believed the other biker, described as about 35 years old, about 6 feet tall with light brown skin, had switched bikes on him. Murray said he took the older bike back to headquarters and was told he could view video of the incident when the manager arrived.

FOILED

A worker at the Hilton Garden Inn told police he was making a check of the parking lot when he saw a man going through his own vehicle. He said the side doors and trunk of the car were open and the man was rummaging through it when he interrupted him and the suspect bolted down Kilvert Street toward Metro Center Boulevard. Officer Charles Austin reported that an officer checked the area but did not find the suspect. The employee told Austin nothing was missing from his car.

LARCENIES

A Pennsylvania man told police he had dinner at the Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant on Division Street around 7:20 p.m. on Sept. 10 and when he returned to his car, he found both back windows smashed and a couple of brief cases were missing. He told police each brief case contained a laptop computer, various chargers for iPhones, cell phones, cables, phone jacks and speakers, along with a number of miscellaneous files and papers that were worth around $2,950. Police said the car was parked in back of the restaurant, toward a dumpster, in a dark, unlit area near the woods. The case was forwarded to detectives.

An employee of the Canon Solutions of America office on Metro Center Boulevard reported that she came to work on Sept. 20 and noticed that a HP 6000 Pro computer was missing from her desk. She said she last saw the computer on Sept. 18. Police were advised there is video surveillance of the building available from the property managers.

A Warwick man who lives on Hackman Place came into headquarters on Sept. 20 to report that a backpack containing his Mac Pro Book laptop, worth $1,700, and a Canon 5D mark III camera worth $3,700 went missing from his car. He told police he last saw the backpack on Sept. 12 and noticed it was missing on Sept. 13. He said he was unsure at the time whether he simply misplaced it or whether it was stolen but now believes it was stolen and was told by his insurance adjuster to be sure it was missing and not misplaced before notifying the police. The case was forwarded to detectives.

Another Warwick man came into headquarters around 12:35 a.m. and told police his wallet went missing from his car while he was at Workout World on West Shore Road on Sept. 18 and he called Bank of America to report it as soon as he discovered the wallet was gone. He said he learned his cards had already been used to buy $64.11 worth of gas in Warwick, $24 worth of food at McDonald’s and $76 at Dunkin’ Donuts. He said the debit card was successfully used at the Wal-Mart in Coventry to spend $1,000, even after it had been declined twice before it was approved. Detectives are checking surveillance at the various sites for possible suspects.

MISSING BEEMER

Officer David Thompson went to Inskip Auto on Sept. 18 for a report of a 2013 328i, being used as a loaner for service customers, that had gone missing. He said company records indicated it had been returned on Sept. 14 and prepped to serve as a loaner again. But an inventory on Sept. 17 could not locate the car or the keys. Thompson said the Lo-jack system was then activated on the car and it was reported stolen.

DUI OR REFUSAL

Officer John Zaborski reported finding a car with front-end damage and a missing rim and tire near 3900 Post Rd. around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 9. He said the driver was still in the car and the motor was running. He said she explained that she was driving down Post Road when the wheel fell off and almost hit another car but she was able to pull over. He said he asked her to shut the car off and remove the keys. He said she smelled of alcohol and looked and sounded drunk. He said she refused to get out of the car for a sobriety test and asked him to leave so she could go home. He said another officer arrived on the scene and she put the keys back in the ignition and started the engine again but the keys were removed before she could put the car in gear. He said he got her out of the car and told her she was arrested for suspected drunk driving and she said, “Well, you can cross this off my bucket list.” He said he asked her what she meant and she said, “Getting arrested for DUI, stupid.” Linda Auclair, 60, of 138 Pleasant St. in Warwick refused to take a breath test at headquarters and was charged with DUI and refusal and then transported to Kent Hospital for detox.

Officer Aaron Kay reported he was on patrol around 3:10 a.m. when he clocked a car doing 50 miles per hour on Post Road as it crossed from lane to lane before he stopped it on Tennyson Road. He said he asked the man for his license and registration and he extended his hand, as if to shake hands, before he got confused and pulled it back inside. He said the driver could not locate the paperwork on the car and said it belonged to his girlfriend’s parents but Kay learned it was registered in the driver’s name. He said Matthew M. Viera, 20, of 1095 Main St. in West Warwick, failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test at headquarters. He was charged with DUI, refusal, laned roadway violations, speeding and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Officer Christopher Lo reported he was on patrol around 9 p.m. on Sept. 13 when he was dispatched to the Stop & Shop at Meadowbrook for a possible drunk driver heading north on Warwick Avenue. Lo said he spotted the car near Church Avenue and followed it onto Church, where it veered from one side of the street to the other and almost struck another car before he pulled it over near Killey Avenue. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He said he was setting up the walk and turn test when the driver became combative and started using profanities and said, “Just [expletive] lock me up!” He said the driver refused to take a preliminary breath test with the portable analyzer and was taken to headquarters where he refused to take a formal breath test. John Mitchell, 70, of 16 Sunrise Dr. in Cranston was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations and then later released to a sober adult.


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