The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
Officer William Castaldi reported the theft of a moving company’s dollies as they were attempting to deliver a shipment of furniture to the NYLO hotel on Knight Street Aug. 26. A manager from the Sterling Moving Company on Comstock Parkway in Cranston told Castaldi he delivered the dollies to the loading area of the hotel around 2 p.m. while the moving crew was given a walk-through of the rooms to be shown where the furniture was to be placed. He said they returned to the area around 30 minutes later and saw that the six dollies, all marked with a “Sterling” label, were gone. He said they were worth $40 each. There were no suspects or witnesses and the hotel had no surveillance of the area.
Officer Jason Brodeur reported he and another officer went to an Old Lyme Drive address around 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 27 for a report of a missing dinghy. The owner of the boat told police he last saw the boat around 10 p.m. the night before. He said he got up around 7 a.m. to prepare for the oncoming hurricane and noticed that the boat was gone. He said it was around 8 feet long, with a white exterior, a blue interior and a dark blue bottom. He said it also had distinctive metal plates on the side and provided the police with a photo of the boat. He said it was worth around $200. No suspects or witnesses.
Officer Christian Vargas reported he was on patrol around 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 when he got a call about a shoplifting in progress at the JC Penney store in Warwick Mall. Dispatch said the suspect was chased into the vicinity of the medical building across from Warwick Mall where he entered the building through the urgent care entrance. Sgt. Robert Rocco and a loss prevention agent from the store entered the building and soon came out with the suspect in custody.
Loss prevention told police they saw the man select several pairs of jeans and take them into the fitting room along with several shirts. They said he came out with only one pair of jeans and the shirts visible and handed that clothing over to an associate before leaving the store without paying for the concealed goods. They told Vargas they attempted to stop him outside and he bolted. He said they also recovered two pairs of jeans worth $105 from the men’s room of the urgent care department at the medical building that were from JC Penney. The suspect told police he didn’t have his license on him but his name was Helder Gomes. But Vargas said he did not resemble the description for Gomes on record with the DMV. Vargas started asking more questions of the suspect, like his Social Security number and where he was born, when another officer approached them and said the suspect’s attorney was here and identified Helder Gomes as his client, Luis Mendonca, 22, of 597 Broad St., Central Falls. Mendonca was charged with shoplifting and obstructing an officer and later released with a summons for District Court.
Det. Mark Blair was dispatched to the Big Lots store in Meadowbrook around 7 a.m. on Aug. 29. A manager at the store told the detective he arrived at the store around 6:50 a.m. and saw that the front door of the store had been smashed and to the left of the door, just inside the store, he found a wood chisel and to the right of the door a flashlight. The manager told the detective it did not look as if anything had been taken from the store and said they did have surveillance tape from the night before. Blair took the chisel, flashlight and video as evidence for further investigation.
A Johnston man was arrested on Aug. 28 after a Waycross Road woman called police to say there was a man inside her friend’s car with the headlights and interior lights on, throwing stuff out of the car. He said the man attempted to run away but was too drunk and was easily apprehended. Justin A. Hartshorn, 19, of 17 Taylor Rd., told police he was just looking for a place to sleep after a night of partying but was charged with attempted larceny anyway.
DWI AND REFUSAL
Officer Rose Michel said she was on Patrol on Post Road around 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 20 when she clocked a Mini Cooper going north at 54 mph and pulled the car over at the Hess station at 1112 Post Rd. He said the driver got out and started to walk toward the gas station and ignored her command to get back in his car. She said he told her that his car was parked and he was going to buy a drink. She said he smelled of alcohol and appeared to be drunk. She said there were two other people in the car and she called for backup. She said the man failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test. Hector Tineo, 23, of 91 Potters Ave., Providence, was charged with DWI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer David Waddington was on patrol around 12:45 a.m. on Aug. 29 when he saw a car heading down Narragansett Parkway at a high rate of speed, swerving around storm debris and crossing the centerline. He said he followed the Jeep as it careened down several streets without using signals before it banged into the curb on Barstow Street and the man got out and started to walk away. He said the man was apparently drunk and unsteady on his feet and said he wasn’t driving and Waddington had no right to question him and mentioned people in his family who he believed were influential. He said the woman who was with him was equally uncooperative and the man told him he didn’t know whom he was “[expletive] with.” Waddington identified him as Michael F. Sunderland, 27, of 145 Long View Dr., who insisted that Waddington had no right to give him a test because he was out of the car when Waddington stopped him and refused to answer any standard alcohol questions and refused to take a breath test, after telling him his uncle was a state trooper and he was going “to have his [expletive] job” and the situation “would be taken care of.” Sunderland was charged with DWI and refusal. He was later released with a summons for District Court.