The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
A Providence woman was charged with stealing $78.80 worth of jewelry from the Kohl’s store in the Rhode Island Mall on Aug. 3 after security at the store told Officer Tammy Mello they saw her take six pairs of earrings from the jewelry department and put them in her purse as she walked toward the men’s department. They said she also took a pair of sandals out of one box and put them in another box that was marked with a lower price and then pay the lower price before leaving the store without paying for the earrings in her purse. Maria Luisa Estevez, 47, of 33 Salmon St. in Providence was processed at headquarters and released with a summons for District Court.
A North Providence woman was charged with shoplifting on Aug. 13 after security at the Claire’s store in the Warwick Mall told Officer Aaron Steere she saw the woman put a bracelet in her purse and decided to follow her actions as she roamed around the store, placing earrings, glasses, a necklace, a pen and three rings in her purse before walking out of the store. She said the woman was stopped outside and brought back into the store to await police. Felicia L. Benoit, 34, of 1 Sack St. was charged with stealing $85 worth of goods from the store and later released with a summons for District Court.
Officer Patrick McGaffigan said he was in the locker room at headquarters around 11 p.m. on Oct. 9 about to leave for home when he got a page to contact dispatch. He said dispatch informed him that a suspect in an earlier shoplifting was in the lobby to turn himself in. He said he took the man inside and read him his rights. He said the suspect told him he was in the JC Penney store earlier that day and had taken a number of items from the store and was walking toward his car when a woman came out of the store and told him to come back inside. He told McGaffigan he didn’t know what to and got nervous and ran away. He said he jumped over a fence and waited there several hours before he went back to his car and drove home. He told McGaffigan he got home and still did not know what to do and, after reflecting on that for a while, decided to turn himself in. He said the man returned two pairs of cargo shorts worth $5 each; an argyle sweater marked $50; two pairs of jeans at $45 each. The total came to $220. The 18-year-old Cranston man was charged with shoplifting and then released with a summons for District Court. Det. Frank McGee took pictures of the merchandise and the goods were later returned to the store. There were, apparently, no prior arrests for the man.
DWI AND REFUSAL
Officer Michael Walker reported he was on patrol around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 when he found a suspected drunk driver heading north on Route. 2 near Arlington RV. He said it was going around 25 to 30 mph in a 45 mph zone and weaving in and out of the travel lanes. He said he pulled the car over near the Shell station. Walker said the driver was arrested on suspicion of DWI after he failed a field sobriety test. Walker said Thomas Morrison, 50, of 18 Kipling St. in Providence, registered a .154 blood alcohol content on both breath tests. He was charged with DWI and laned roadway violations and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Eric Lima reported he was on patrol around 12:50 a.m. on Aug. 10 when he saw a green pickup truck jump the curb as it turned out of Belair Avenue onto Post Road and quickly took a sharp right onto Main Avenue and a wide right onto Jefferson Boulevard. He said he pulled the truck over near Echo Drive and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver. He said he asked the man if he could take a field sobriety test and the man told him he had cystic fibrosis but he could take the test. Lima said he couldn’t pass the test. He was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test. Lima said Andre P. Vafiadis, 33, of 85 Waterman St. was charged with DWI and refusal, second offense, after Lima learned he pleaded no contest to DWI in May of 2010. He was also charged with laned roadway violations before he was released to a sober adult.
Officer Hovsep Sarkisian reported he was dispatched to Clorane Street around 8:10 p.m. on Aug. 8 for an accident with injuries. He said he found a woman outside a car who said she was drunk and said, “Lock me up. I shouldn’t be driving.” Sarkisian said he learned she had hit three cars on the street. He said he found an open purse with a Smirnoff vodka bottle inside it. He said Joanne N. Hughes, 41, of 794 Main Ave. in Warwick refused a breath test at headquarters and was charged with DWI, second offense, refusal and driving on a suspended license. She was later released to a sober adult.