Police Log - Teacher arrest
The Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety announced Monday the arrest of Andrew Hallam, 32, of 30 Ethan Street in Warwick, on an affidavit/arrest warrant for embezzlement.
According to a press release, in June 2017, the Financial Crimes Unit received a complaint from the Town of Lincoln School Committee regarding missing funds associated with fundraising performed by the high school baseball team. During the investigation, it was learned that the baseball team contracted with an outside agency, Adrenaline Fundraising, to assist with fundraising for their team.
The agreement between Adrenaline and the school was for the players to sell discount cards for $20 each, with the proceeds being split 50/50. The high school baseball coach, Andrew Hallam, would collect the money from the players and provide the funds to Lincoln High School. At the end of the fundraising period, Hallam would meet with the Adrenaline representative, at which point Hallam would determine how many total cards were sold and return the unsold cards back to Adrenaline. Adrenaline would then send the school an invoice requesting payment in the amount of 50 percent of the total amount raised.
A review of invoices, deposit slips and bank records revealed that for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 there were discrepancies in the total amount of money raised, per Adrenaline Fundraising, and the amount deposited in the student activity bank account for a total amount of $8,440. The investigation revealed that Andrew Hallam allegedly embezzled a total of $8,440 from Lincoln High School. He was held for arraignment.
On August 16 at approximately 8 p.m., Officer Tyler Stone responded to the Apponaug Marina at 17 Arnold Neck Drive for a report of a stolen boat.
At the scene he spoke with the complainant, who stated that his white 11-foot Mercury dingy had been stolen from its slip. Officer Stone observed an unlocked master lock to be hanging off in the area where the boat would have been secured, and appeared to be undamaged. The owner first stated that the boat had been locked, then said it may not have been fully locked. He also stated that beyond the master lock there was a cable lock which he believed was cut.
The boat was last seen on August 13 at approximately 8:30 p.m. The boat says “Never Enuff” on the back. The boat was entered as stolen into the police database, and an investigation is ongoing.
Officer Charles Austin was dispatched to the Bald Hill Road Old Navy on August 12 at approximately 8 p.m. for a larceny report.
Once at the store he met with the reporting party who told him that while she was shopping she went into the store’s fitting room to try on some clothes. She hung up her bag with assorted items from Aeropostale on a hook in the dressing room. When she exited the room she forgot the bag. After a couple of minutes she realized she didn’t have the bag and returned for it only to find that it was gone.
The bag contained assorted clothes totaling $100. A report was taken and forwarded to department detectives for review.
In the lobby of police headquarters on August 14 around 2:42 p.m., Officer Michael Harris met with a man who wanted to file a larceny report.
The complainant stated that he had ordered an iPhone 7 valued at $848 from Amazon on July 30. The phone was tracked and said to be delivered on August 7 to the man’s residence on Noyes Street. According to the report, the item was never delivered or possibly stolen from the front of his residence. He then contacted both Amazon and the shipping company and advised them of the situation, and he was informed by both companies that the item was shown to be delivered and was believed to be stolen. He was advised to file a police report.
A written statement was taken and receipts showing the shipping and delivery dates was provided. The complainant stated that he does not wish to press charges if the party responsible was found, however he does wish to have the phone back.
On August 17 at approximately 9:18 a.m. Officer Raymond Cox met with a woman in the lobby of the police station in regards to a missing wallet.
The woman stated that on August 15 at approximately 4:30 she was at the Dave’s Marketplace on Airport Road. She had finished her shopping and took her four shopping bags from her carriage and placed them in her car, leaving the carriage in the store. She then drove away, leaving her wallet in the carriage.
When she returned to the store a day later, she was advised by store employees that no one had turned in the purse. Contained in the purse were several credit and store cards, however she told the officer that none of them had been used and she was keeping track of her accounts. There are currently no suspects.
On August 12 at 12:53 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Taranto responded to the East Greenwich Yacht Club on Division Street to see the detail officer, Officer Aaron Steere, at McKinley’s Pub. Officer Steere had advised dispatch that he had a male detained for possible malicious damage to boats in the marina.
At the scene Officer Steere advised that he had two witnesses who were board members of the yacht club. They had been advised that, due to recent larcenies and damages to the property and boats to file a complaint whenever possible. Officer Steere also indicated that he had witnessed the man, later identified as Christopher Daley, 38, of 40 Dogwood Drive in West Warwick, inside the area near the boats.
When officers spoke with Daley, he admitted to “messing around” with the boats and was very apologetic and said he would pay for any damage he caused. According to the report, Daley showed signs of intoxication and had a smell of alcohol as he spoke, and indicated that he had been drinking at Blu on the Water.
Witnesses told officers that they had observed the suspect climb on multiple boats and made them rock back and forth and collide with one another. Daley was charged with one count of vandalism/malicious damage to property and taken into custody. He was transported to police headquarters, processed, given a court summons and later released to a sober adult.