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SLEEPING IN THE PARK

On December 13 at approximately 3:44 a.m., Officer David Boardman was on routine patrol in City Park when he came across a vehicle parked near the softball fields.

According to the report, the officer approached the vehicle to find two occupants asleep inside. After waking the pair, they told the officer that they were coming up from Florida to visit family in Massachusetts and then were traveling on to Canada.

Upon obtaining their identification and running background checks it was revealed that one occupant, Nelson Morales, 25, of 3 Spring Street in West Warwick, had multiple outstanding bench warrants with the Third District Court, two for failure to appear for driving with a suspended license and a third for failure to appear for domestic strangulation. Morales also had a bench warrant from the Fourth District Court for failure to appear for driving with a suspended license, and a Sixth District Court warrant for failure to appear for first degree robbery.

Officer Boardman arrested Morales and transported him to police headquarters, where he was booked and processed before being transported to the ACI.

WARRANT

Officer Brian Fontaine was dispatched to the intersection of Fairfax Drive and Essex Road on December 14 around 5:30 p.m. for a report of suspicious activity. Dispatch had informed the officer that the reporting caller had stated that “shady” people, including a white female wearing casual clothes and a white male wearing a suit jacket, were walking around selling detergent.

Upon arrival the officer checked the area and observed a car parked on the side of the road with its interior dome light on, with occupants who matched the general description. Officer Fontaine made contact with the occupants, later identified as Ashlee Santos, 22, no address provided, and Michael Kowal, 38, of 74 Kilburn Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. Both subjects stated that they were working and trying to sell cleaning supplies. When asked what type of supplies they were selling they could not give an exact product but stated they were working for a company named Kirby. Kowal indicated that they were giving away free gifts upon each contact with people whom they were trying to sell to. According to the report, they appeared nervous during the encounter.

Both Kowal and Santos stated they did not have any identification but hesitantly provided names and dates of birth. Upon running background checks, it was discovered that Kowal had an outstanding warrant. He was taken into custody, and a search of his person revealed an identification card in his back pocket. He was transported to police headquarters, where he was booked and processed.

Santos provided consent for the car to be searched, which located only paper towels and a few rags. She was later released at the scene.

BANANA BANDIT

A man who recently took items from a convenience store without paying while a Warwick police officer was in the same store was recently arrested for shoplifting.

While inside the Post Road Cumberland Farms on December 15 around 7:30 a.m., Officer Albert Marano was approached by the store manager and advised that there had been a shoplifting. She told the officer that she had been watching the store cameras in the back room when she observed a male customer putting items in his pockets. She then exited the room and told another employee of the incident. They then noticed Officer Marano in the store and told him of the situation. The manager believed the suspect had put containers of motor oil and other items in his pockets.

The officer then observed the male, later identified as Mohammad Raissi, 54, of 135 Brisas in East Greenwich, walk out of the store without making any attempts to pay.

Once outside, Raissi was stopped and the officer asked if he had any concealed merchandise, to which he replied no. Officer Marano asked Raissi to place his hands behind his back so he could be patted down and checked, which he agreed to.

The officer then located two small bottles of motor oil, a banana and a bag of mixed nuts in his pocket, with a total value of $13.02. Raissi was then arrested, placed in handcuffs and transported to police headquarters, where he was issued a court summons for one count of misdemeanor shoplifting.

The taken items were still in good condition and were returned to the store.

MULTIPLE MISSING WHEELS

The Warwick Police Department has recently received multiple calls of vehicle owners returning to their cars only to find the wheels missing and the cars perched precariously.

Officer Mitchel Voyer responded to the Post Road Comfort Inn on December 13 for a report of two vehicles with missing tires and rims. While on scene he spoke with Comfort Inn employees, who stated that they had observed two cars in the lot without their tires. They also advised that there was a suspicious white van with New Hampshire license plates traveling through the lot. Guests had advised the staff that the van was driving in circles in the lot for over an hour; however, the police were not called.

Officer Voyer then observed the cars and found that all their tires and rims were gone, but the lug nuts were left behind. The vehicle owners were not present at the time; however, calls were made to their cell phones, which were provided by the hotel, and messages were left.

Currently, there are no suspects and the case was forwarded to detectives for review.

On December 14 around 8:30 p.m., Officer Robert Canis-Langlais was dispatched to the parking lot between Doherty’s Ale House and the La Quinta Inn in the area of 30 Jefferson Boulevard. There he met with a victim who stated that his leased 2016 Chevrolet had its wheels stolen and the car was now resting on blocks. He told the officer that he had parked the car around 5:15 p.m. and at around 8:15 p.m. a bartender asked which patron was the owner of the Malibu. He was then informed of the situation.

The vehicle owner said the wheels were factory 18-inch aluminum style, valued at around $3,000. There are currently no suspects or witnesses, and the car was towed from the scene.

STOLEN SNOW BLOWER

A Country Club Drive resident visited Warwick Police headquarters on December 15 around 10:50 a.m. to report a stolen snow blower.

The victim met with Officer Michael Walker and informed him that some time in late October or early November, his snow blower was stolen from his shed. He told the officer that his wife came home several weeks ago and saw the shed door open but didn’t think anything of it. Upon visiting the shed later, the man noticed that his red Troy Bilt snow blower, valued at approximately $600, was gone. There are currently no suspects, but the resident would like to press charges if one was found.

HEAVY HAUL

On December 14 at approximately 12:27 p.m., Officer Joseph Dedonato responded to a Harrison Avenue residence in reference to a larceny.

He then met with a resident who told him that sometime on December 13 or 14 someone entered his yard and stole a Troy Bilt log splitter valued at $1,000. He told the officer that the splitter weighed over 600 pounds and could not have been taken by one person. There are currently no suspects or witnesses.

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RISchadenfreude

Thanks to scofflaws Morales and Kowal for being so easy to find and get some warrants off the books.

Friday, December 30, 2016