On January 28 at approximately 8:35 p.m. Officer Anthony D’Abrosca was dispatched to the Bald Hill Road Macy’s for a report of a shoplifting. At the store he met with a loss prevention associate who stated that approximately 7:30 p.m. she observed a woman enter the store through the north door. She said that the woman was later identified as Tiffany Espinal, 26, of 118 Ortoleva Drive in Providence. Espinal approached the men’s fragrance counter while carrying a large handbag and a plastic bag. There she selected a man’s gift fragrance and proceeded to the men’s clothing area, where she allegedly concealed the fragrance in her bag.
Espinal then proceeded to the men’s area where she selected two packages of men’s underwear. She was then observed going behind a fixture, and came out without the items, and the loss prevention associate explained that Espinal’s handbag was visibly fuller. Espinal then proceeded to select more men’s underwear before heading to the woman’s area. While walking, the items disappeared and were believed to be placed in her bags.
In the women’s department, Espinal selected several tops and bottoms, and then went into the fitting room with the items. After a few moments, Espinal exited the room with a plastic bag that was now full. She then headed to the north door and exited the store with the concealed items. Outside, she was approached by members of the store’s loss prevention team and escorted back inside.
In the asset protection office, 14 items were recovered with a total value of $667.50. The store wished to prosecute and have a no trespassing order issued against Espinal. An official statement was then taken. Espinal was searched, placed in the patrol vehicle, and transported to police headquarters where she was processed. She was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and released with a Third District Court summons to appear.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
At approximately 8 p.m. on January 15, Officer Matthew Caradimos was in a marked patrol vehicle traveling south on Bald Hill Road approaching the intersection with East Avenue. He reported that he was in the left inside travel lane and observed a vehicle approximately four car lengths ahead of him traveling in the same direction. The vehicle switched lanes without using a turn signal, and began to slow down for the red traffic signal at the intersection.
The vehicle was the first and only car at the intersection, and the officer positioned his cruiser directly behind the car. He then ran a check on the registration, which showed that it belonged to a Jordan Abramovitz, 24, of 2501 Casa Bona Avenue in Belmont, California, and that the registration was suspended. While sitting behind the vehicle, the officer reported that the left arrow signal turned green and Abramovitz proceeded straight through the intersection and almost collided with traffic turning west onto East Avenue.
Officer Caradimos then began to conduct a traffic stop, however the vehicle veered in the lane, pulled to the side of the road where it struck the curb and began to drive over the sidewalk. Once the car stopped, the officer made contact with Abramovitz. The report indicates that the odor of alcoholic beverage was emanating from Abramovitz’s mouth and that she exhibited signs of intoxication. She stated that she was out to dinner and had recently broken up with her ex-boyfriend, and then began to cry and became visibly upset. She stated that she had one glass of wine that evening.
Additional officers arrived on scene and investigation began. It was eventually determined that Abramovitz would be placed under arrest for operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She was transported to police headquarters, where she later refused a chemical breathalyzer test.
Abramovitz was issued in District Court citation for driving under the influence first offense, refusal to submit to a chemical test, operating with a suspended registration, turn signal required, and obedience to traffic control devices. She was later released to a sober adult.
Officer Aaron Steere was traveling south on Interstate 95 in the area of exit 13 on January 18 at approximately 9:30 P.m., and was being followed by Officer Moretti. The officer reported that he could see in his side view mirror that a vehicle following the officers had a headlight out. He also noticed that the driver appeared to be pacing with the patrol vehicles’ speed, and that when they slowed down the suspect vehicle also slowed.
Eventually, the officers pulled to the shoulder and came to a stop, and the suspect vehicle pulled up behind their patrol cars. After several seconds the car then proceeded back onto the highway heading south. Based on the headlight being out, as well as the suspicious behavior of the driver, Officer Steere pulled behind a vehicle in later conducted a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot of Warwick Mall.
Contact was then made with Kelly Greene, 38, of 410 West Avenue in Pawtucket, who was reportedly visibly intoxicated. She advised that she was at the mall to pick up her boyfriend who was working there. She said she had come from work, and that she had consumed a couple of drinks. She then agreed to submit to a series of standardized sobriety tests. During the testing, Greene agreed to take a portable breath test, which registered a reading of .133 percent blood alcohol content. Based upon their investigation, it was determined that she was unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely.
Greene was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters, where she took a breathalyzer test that produced a blood alcohol content result of .120 percent. Green was charged with driving under the influence first offense and issued a Third District Court summons. She was also charged with headlamps on vehicles required.
On January 27 at approximately 2 p.m., Officer Thomas Bogusz was dispatched to Bellevue Avenue for a report of a larceny from a motor vehicle.
At the scene he spoke with the reporting party who stated that at approximately 7 p.m. the night before he parked his pick up truck in front of his house. When he returned in the morning he discovered that somebody had entered his vehicle and stole his wallet containing $311, three credit cards, along with a four-piece drill set. The man stated that his vehicle was locked, and that he had already called his credit card company to report the cards had been stolen. There are currently no suspects or witnesses, and the case was forwarded to detectives for review.
Officer Rose Michel was dispatched to Steere Engineering on Post Road on January 25 at approximately 10:35 AM for a larceny report. There she spoke with the assistant manager who stated that they had parked the company’s Ford van in the lot with a 28-foot fiberglass ladder attached to it the previous evening. When they returned the next day the ladder was no longer located on the van and there was damage to the passenger side door. The estimated value of the latter was said to be $200. There are no suspects or witnesses.