The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
KID’S JEEP GONE
A Woguagonet woman told police she went to a shed in her yard around 7:30 a.m. on June 24 and discovered her child’s Fisher-Price Power Wheels Jeep was missing. She showed Officer Paul White where the Jeep was kept and pointed out that the shed’s doors were locked the night before but were unlocked that morning, even though there were no signs of the doors being forced open. She said the Jeep cost about $500. No suspects or witnesses.
Officer Joseph DeDonato reported the theft of copper pipe and ceiling tiles from a construction site on Post Road on June 30. The plumber for the job told DeDonato he went to the site that morning and found that all of the copper pipe from the basement, worth $500, was gone, along with a quantity of ceiling tiles worth around $200. He said he arrived around 9 a.m. and noticed that a side window was open and discovered the theft after he went into the basement area. No suspects or witnesses. Detectives processed the scene before the window was boarded up.
Officer Theodore Bulis responded to Rhode Island Kitchen and Bath on Jefferson Boulevard around 7:40 a.m. for a report of a wiring harness being cut from a construction trailer and stolen on July 1. The owners said they arrived that morning and discovered the theft. They told Bulis they had not used the trailer for at least a week, so could not say exactly when the harness, which will cost $100 to replace, went missing.
Officer Manuel Pacheco reported a lawn tractor gone missing from the Heritage Christian Fellowship Church on Warwick Neck Avenue on July 2. The man who usually cut the grass told Pacheco he arrived to cut the grass and discovered that the lawn tractor, with two cutting mechanisms and the rear bags, was gone. He said the dark green Craftsman tractor had a new battery as well. He said he last saw the tractor on June 30 around 7 p.m., when he put the cover on it. A neighbor told Pacheco he heard a truck around 11 a.m. on July 1 but did not see it or who was driving it. The cost of the tractor was estimated at $200.
Officer Jason Brodeur went to Burnett Road around 4:45 p.m. on July 1 for a report of a stolen skiff. The owner of the boat told Brodeur it was worth around $500 and believed it was taken some time between 1 and 5 a.m. on June 28. No suspects or witnesses. Brodeur said the boat was not registered and he did not get a serial number to enter the boat stolen in the NCIC system.
Officer Britton Kelly reported a BMX bike missing from a yard on Pawtuxet Avenue on June 29. The father of the owner told Kelly the ‘Next’ bike was yellow, black and red and was a 12-speed but did not have a serial number for the bike. He estimated it was worth $100. Kelly said he compared the description of the bike to bikes that had been turned in at headquarters recently with no success and forwarded the report to detectives. No suspects or witnesses.
Officer Jacob Elderkin reported arresting a Warwick woman at Macy’s in the Warwick Mall on July 3 after security at the store told him they saw the woman select a number of items from various racks and enter the fitting room where she concealed them in shopping bags and a backpack before she tried to leave the store without paying for the goods. Security told Elderkin they recovered 19 items worth a total of $611.93 from the suspect’s bags. Isha Verma, 28, of 33 International Way in Warwick, was later released with a summons for District Court.
DWI OR REFUSAL
Officer James Wenneman reported he was on patrol around 1:45 a.m. on July 2 when he heard a loud, grinding noise approaching his cruiser from the eastbound lane. He said he turned around and followed that car and saw that the front right tire was shredded down to the rim and a smell of burning rubber was coming from it. He said he pulled the car over and conducted some sobriety tests after the driver told him he was not aware that his front wheel was flat but he had noticed “that has been pulling somewhat to the right.” He said the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared to be drunk but denied he had been drinking. He said he told the driver to get out to take a look at the wheel but the man was unsteady on his feet, his shirt was pulled out of his pants and his fly was open. He said the driver, identified as Michael C. Sherman, 43, of 19 Doris St. in Warwick failed the field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test. He was charged with DWI, refusal and driving on the metal rim of his wheel.
Officer Jacob Elderkin reported he was traveling west on East Avenue around 7:30 p.m. on June 26 when he saw a Jeep Cherokee with an object hanging from its rear view mirror that was impairing the driver’s line of sight. He said he got in behind the Jeep and ran the plate as he followed it and learned the plate had expired and pulled the Cherokee over on Baker Street. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and admitted he “had a few beers.” He said the driver failed the field sobriety test and blew a .196 on the portable breath analyzer before he was taken to headquarters where he refused to take a breath test. He was charged with felony driving on a suspended license because his license had been suspended for a prior DWI arrest he pleaded no contest to last year. He was also charged with a new DWI, driving an unregistered vehicle, refusal and an obstructed view. Mark Massey, 48, of 108 E. Main St. in West Warwick was later released to a sober adult on $2,000 surety bail.
Officer Nelson Carreiro reported he was on patrol around 9:15 p.m. on June 11 when he heard a report of an accident in front of the Sears store on Bald Hill Road. A witness on the scene alerted Carreiro that one of the drivers involved appeared to be drunk. She told Carreiro the driver passed her on Bald Hill Road at around 90 mph before hitting another car coming out of the store’s parking lot while trying to steer around it. The witness said the driver of the Maxima asked her if she was all right and she had to tell him it wasn’t her car he hit. She also said the passenger in the car fled on foot before police arrived but Carreiro couldn’t get more than a first name of “Stephen” for the fleeing occupant. The driver was identified as Michael J. Violette, 28, of 21 Old Carriage Rd. in West Warwick, and Carreiro said he asked Violette to blow into a portable breath analyzer and he registered a .102 but refused a second breath test at headquarters. He was charged with DWI and refusal.