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Warwick Police Log

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

HEAVY LOSS
Officer John Choquette responded to the Pleasure Marina on Ottawa Avenue around 10:40 a.m. on Dec. 5 for a report of a missing propeller. The manager told him the marina sign, which consisted of a large bronze tugboat propeller was missing and probably stolen. He said the propeller was six feet wide and came off an 85-foot tug. He said it weighed between 2,000 and 4,000 pounds and was painted black with “Pleasure Marina” in white lettering spelled out. He said the propeller was worth its weight in bronze, which was about $6,000 and no one had permission to take it. The manager gave Choquette a color picture of the propeller that had been located near the front gate, along the fence, within a flowerbed. No suspects or witnesses.

SEASONAL DAMAGE
Officer Jason Brodeur took a vandalism report from a Scenic Drive resident on Dec. 2. The owner of a holiday display told him that the display was fine around 6:30 p.m. that day but his son came home around 8:30 and noticed that they had been moved. He said he went out himself to see what happened and found that a moose and a “Garfield” figure had been taken apart and a set of candy-cane lights were missing from the display and another set of candy canes were gone from the tree in the front yard. He told Brodeur the moose and Garfield cost $85 and the candy canes cost $35. No suspects or witnesses.
A Hillard Avenue resident told Officer Stephen Major someone had used a pole to puncture and deflate a blow-up Christmas trailer that was in her yard. She said it was permanently damaged and cost $125. No suspect or witnesses.

EMBEZZLEMENT
Officer Jason Brodeur reported he went to the Target store on Bald Hill Road on Dec. 6 to arrest and employee accused of stealing more than $450 worth of gift cards and merchandise from the store between Nov. 25 and Dec. 3. They told Brodeur that they got a heads up from their cash shortage specialist that a cashier was using other employees’ register numbers to cut gift cards for herself and had been leaving the store with merchandise she did not pay for. Joann Palmieri, 51, of 1 Governors Hill in West Warwick was charged with two counts of felony embezzlement and two counts of misdemeanor shoplifting and held for the bail commissioner.

SHOPLIFTING
Two URI coeds were arrested and charged with shoplifting at Macy’s in the Warwick Mall on Nov. 26. Loss prevention agents at the store told police they saw the women enter the juniors department and select several items of clothing and conceal the clothes in their handbags before walking out of the store without paying for the concealed goods. Taylor L. Leahy, 18, of 2 Hendricken Ct. in Warwick and Frances McSoley, 18, of 50 Upper College Rd. in Kingston were taken to headquarters where they were processed and released with summonses for District Court.
An 18-year-old Providence man was charged with stealing Champion sweat pants and a matching hoodie worth $35.93 on Dec. 6. Loss prevention told police he put the clothes on under his own clothes in the fitting room and the n tried to walk out of the store without paying for them. Tyrelle Palmer of 135 Camden St. was charged with shoplifting and held for the bail commissioner.
A West Warwick woman was arrested at Macy’s on Dec. 5 after loss prevention agents showed police a video of her concealing merchandise and attempting to leave the store without paying for it. They told police they recovered $162.98 worth of goods from Jennifer L. Brand, 38, of 125 Providence St. She was processed at headquarters and later released with a summons.
A loss prevention manager at the Sears store in the Rhode Island Mall told police he was sent to the receiving area of the store just before 9 p.m. on Dec. 5 for a suspicious person there. He said he found a man there who was wearing Sears associate attire, being a black T-shirt and tan slacks, carrying a 40” Samsung television on his shoulder. He said he challenged the man and he immediately put the TV down and admitted he was trying to steal it. The loss prevention manager said the suspect told him he had worked at the Sears store in Woonsocket about one-and-a-half years before and was using his old associate outfit to help him steal a television. He explained that he had been out of work and was sent to steal a TV to order for a person who would give him cash for it. Anthony S. Rodrigues, 31, of 303 Greenwich Ave. in Warwick, was charged with shoplifting and held for the bail commissioner.
A Providence man was charged with malicious damage after he was arrested at Macy’s for tearing sensor tags off shirts that left the shirts unfit to be sold. Carlos M. Bueno, 20, of 99 Rugby St. was taken to headquarters and also charged with removal of theft detection devices.

OFF THE SHELF
Officer Terence McMullin reported that he was stopped in the Ann & Hope parking lot on Post Road around 1:30 a.m. when he saw a truck emerge from behind the building. He said the truck stopped as soon as its headlights picked up McMullin’s cruiser, turned around and went back behind the building. He said he went around to follow and when he saw it heading around to the other side, he went to the front of the building and waited for it. As soon as it came around the corner, McMullin’s said he turned on his emergency lights and stopped it. He said he asked the driver what he was doing and was told he was just picking up abandoned scrap metal left behind the building. McMullin said he then asked if he had permission to do that and was told he did not but it was just lying there. McMullin said he got in touch with the property manager for Ann & Hope and was told there was no loose scrap metal behind the building, only galvanized metal shelves used for their nursery business. McMullin said the suspect told him that, as scrap the shelves he had in the back of his truck were worth $50. He said the security chief for the property told him the shelves were worth $300 and were definitely not scrap. Jonathan M. Reynolds, 32, of 122 Benedict Rd. in Warwick was charged with larceny and, based on prior arrests, being a habitual offender.

DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer James Wenneman reported he was on patrol around 6:40 p.m. on Nov. 29 when he noticed the car in front of him was slowing down and drifting over lanes on Post Road. He said he followed the car and watched it stop about 50 feet from the crossing at a red light and delayed in its response when the light turned green. He said it continued to drift around the road until it pulled into the Walmart parking lot, where Wenneman conducted a traffic stop. He said the driver appeared to be under the influence and slurred her words. He said she handed him a bank statement when he asked for her registration and insurance card and had trouble finding her license. He said he asked her to take a field sobriety test and she asked him if Greg was working and said Greg “a cop on the Coventry PD.” He then asked her where she thought she was and she replied it was Coventry.
Wenneman said Susan Parkinson, 51, of 40 Tillinghast Rd. in Coventry, was taken to headquarters where she refused a breath test. She was charged with DUI and refusal and laned roadway violations and later released to a sober adult.


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