Officers Christian Vargas and Eric Lima responded to the Best Buy on Universal Boulevard on March 31 just after 4 p.m. after the department received a call about an unattended small child inside a locked and running car.
The officers found the vehicle and observed a toddler secured in a child’s seat in the back seat of the car. The child appeared to be in good health, but officers were unable to gain entry to the car. The keys were seen in the ignition while the car was in park idling.
Shortly thereafter, the child’s mother returned to the vehicle after exiting the Saver’s clothing store. She told officers that while she was driving she had become upset at the child due to her becoming anxious and throwing a toy. The mother stated she was stressed and decided to leave the child unattended in the running car to shop for a few minutes.
Officers spoke with the reporting party, who stated he had been with the vehicle and child for about 10 minutes prior to the officers arriving on scene. The officers then contacted DCYF to notify them of the situation, and they advised that the incident would be documented and an investigation conducted.
Upon running a check of the vehicle, it was discovered that it had no active registration. The woman was then informed that the vehicle could not be operated and it would be necessary to obtain other transportation for herself and her child.
Another party then responded to the scene to provide the mother and child with a ride. He told officers he would make arrangements to have the car towed.
In January, multiple police reports indicated that tailgates from Ford pickup trucks had been stolen throughout the city. On March 29 at approximately 8:40 a.m. Officer Julio Benros was dispatched to Centerville Road for a report of another stolen tailgate.
At the scene he met with the owner of the truck, who stated that sometime after 9:30 p.m. on March 28, the tailgate from his 2015 Ford F-350, valued at around $3,600, was stolen from the vehicle which was parked in his driveway. He did not notice any noises or see his driveway security lights turn on during the night.
There was no video surveillance of the incident, and there are currently no suspects.
On March 24 around 9:09 p.m., Officer Alfred Silveira was dispatched to the TeamWorks on Jefferson Boulevard for a larceny report where a vehicle had all for wheels and rims removed.
The officer spoke with the owner, who advised that she and her boyfriend had arrived at approximately 8 p.m. and parked in the right rear of the building. Around 9 p.m., she heard her vehicle description being announced over the building’s loudspeaker. She then discovered the theft of the tires.
The vehicle was found mounted on two bricks, one on each side of the car, and the lug nuts remained on the ground next to each wheel well. No other damage to the car was observed.
There were no witnesses to the theft, and there are currently no suspects. The case was forwarded to detectives for review.
Around 7:18 p.m. on March 20, Officer Sokphannareth Chea met with a woman at police headquarters who wanted to report a stolen cell phone.
The victim explained that she attended the Green Show Expo at the Crowne Plaza on March 19 as an expo participant. While at her display booth she placed her cell phone down on a table. Around 3:42 she discovered that her cell phone was missing.
An iPhone tracker was then used, which located the phone in Worcester, Massachusetts. The phone was described as an iPhone 7, 32 gigabyte device that was silver with a hot pink and teal case. The woman indicated she wished to press charges if a suspect was located, and the case was forwarded to detectives for review.
Officer Christian Vargas was dispatched to the parking lot of the Red Rice restaurant on Bald Hill Road on March 25 around 8 p.m. for a report of a larceny from a vehicle.
At the parking lot, Officer Vargas met with the victim and observed that the vehicle had a smashed front passenger window, with broken glass on the round and in the car. The owner stated that his girlfriend’s bag was the only item taken from the car, which didn’t appear to have been rummaged through as other articles of value had not been touched.
The bag was described as a Playboy black backpack containing a Coach purse with bankcards, drivers license, insurance cards, a medical marijuana card and other personal effects. There was no video surveillance of the area available, and no other vehicles had been vandalized. A report was taken and filed.
On March 21 at 4 p.m., Officer Christian Vargas responded to the Warwick Mall Food Court for a report of a missing wallet.
He then met with the reporting party, who said that around 3:30 p.m., she realized that he black leather wallet was missing. She had last seen it after making a purchase at the Bath and Body Works store. Contained inside were debit and credit cards, her driver’s license, and $600 in cash.
Officer Vargas checked with Bath and Body Works staff, who reviewed surveillance video and advised that the victim was observed walking out of the store with the wallet in her left hand. Later in the day, the victim responded to police headquarters to advise that her debit card had been used in Warwick and Providence. The officer then began an investigation.
The woman told the officer that she had visited Old Navy after her trip to Bath and Body Works. On March 22, Officer Vargas visited Old Navy and reviewed the store’s video surveillance. She was seen entering the store around 3:40 p.m., and while there, a black item believed to be her wallet was dropped.
A male with puffy black hair and a beard wearing a drab olive, military style jacket and stone washed jeans was then seen on the tape, who noticed the wallet fall. He was then seen kicking the item towards a clothing rack, which he then picked up before exiting the store.
A clear image of the suspect was obtained, and the case was forwarded to detectives for review.