Police Log - String of larcenies
STRING OF LARCENIES
According to police reports, on Sept. 8 there was a series of larcenies that took place in the Jefferson Boulevard and Post Road area.
Around 5:24 a.m., Officer Steven Moretti was dispatched the La Quinta Inn on Jefferson Boulevard for a report of a larceny from a motor vehicle. He made contact with the complainant, who stated he arrived at the hotel around 2:30 a.m. and parked his vehicle before going inside. When he returned he found that his rear passenger window was broken and that a dozen items had been taken.
Missing items included an Apple Macbook, a Mamyia camera, a Nikon Camera, a medical aid bag, film, photos, and more, with a total value of more than $6,000 in valuables taken. There was no surveillance in the area and no witnesses, and there are currently no suspects.
Officer Moretti was then on patrol at the Courtyard Marriott at approximately 6:46 a.m. when he discovered a damaged vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was already with the car, and the officer observed that the rear passenger side window was broken. The woman told the officer she was in town for business, and that the vehicle and items inside belonged to Lewis Tree Service out of Hartford.
Among the items taken were a cell phone valued at $500 and a Lenovo Think Pad laptop valued at $1,200. There was no surveillance in the area and there are currently no suspects or witnesses.
Officer Morretti then made contact with another vehicle owner who found themselves in the same situation. The vehicle owner found a broken passenger side window, and taken from the vehicle were two monitors for laptops, valued at $1,000.
At approximately 7:30 a.m. Officer Julio Benros responded to the parking lot of the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel and met with a vehicle owner who stated that he had several items stolen from his car. He said a blue backpack containing an $1,800 laptop and his passport had been taken. It appeared that a suspect broke the rear right window of his vehicle. There are currently no suspects.
Around 8:33 a.m., Officer Daniel Maggiacomo reported to the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel for a report of a larceny from a motor vehicle. There he met with the owner of the vehicle who said he had stayed overnight at the hotel to attend a Patriots game. He had parked his vehicle on the north side of the parking lot the previous evening, and when he returned he noticed that the left passenger side window was smashed out.
Taken from the vehicle was a Nikon camera valued at $800 along with two lenses valued at $260. Officer Maggiacomo spoke with hotel staff, as at least two vehicles had been broken into at the location overnight. However staff advised that they did not have any camera surveillance in the parking lot. While the victim wishes to press charges, there are currently no suspects.
Officer Daniel Maggiacomo then responded to the Ryder Truck Rental on Jefferson Boulevard around 12:12 p.m. for a complaint of batteries stolen from multiple trucks. At the scene he spoke with the reporting party who said that several different trucks parked in the lot across the street from the building had missing batteries. The man told the officer that the incident could have happened within the previous few days as some of the trucks were driven during that time.
At the time of the report, at least 13 vehicles were missing batteries and there were three batteries per truck. The man placed a value of each battery at around $103. He stated that he was unable to give a full inventory of the stolen batteries as they were still checking multiple trucks and it would take time to complete a full inspection.
Officer Maggiacomo observed several trucks with missing batteries in an effort to process the scene and locate fingerprints or evidence left behind. In his report, the officer noticed that the subject used tools and was very neat about it due to the fact that they left all the hardware behind inside of a box that is used to hold batteries. There was camera surveillance of the parking lot, which police were going to review.
Around 2:36 p.m. Officer Maggiacomo again responded to the Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel for another report of a car being broken into. He met with the car owner, who was a photographer in town for a photo shoot for a wedding. That morning he had returned to his vehicle to find that all of his camera equipment, including tripods, light stands, extension wires, cameras and more valued at more than $3,000. There were no signs of forced entry into the car, and the owner stated he may have left the vehicle unlocked.
Officer Tammy Mello was dispatched to the Bald Hill Road Inskip BMW in reference to a larceny of tires and rims from a 2017 BMW.
At the dealership the officer met with an employee who pointed out a 2017 BMW X5 that was lifted up on jacks. It appeared as though sometime during the evening all four tires and rims were taken from the vehicle. The total value of the taken items was valued at $5,000. It also appeared as though the vehicle sustained some damage to the back end due to the fact that the back end had been dropped onto the curb. The vehicle was listed at $71,000. Video surveillance was available, however there are currently no suspects listed.
On Sept. 8 at approximately 10:38 a.m. Officer Michael Walker responded to the Quaker Lane Lowe’s store for a report of a shoplifting that had occurred the previous evening.
According to a loss prevention officer at the store, a male subject entered Lowe’s around 9:25 p.m. and then left with a Husqvarna Backback Blower valued at $439 without paying for it. The employee stated that a cashier had stated to the customer that she could assist him at her register, but the man told her the item was his and that he was attempting to return it but had been denied. He then walked out through the main entrance.
Once outside, employees were able to obtain a license plate number, a vehicle description and a description of the suspect and that of his female passenger, which were provided to the officer. According to the loss prevention officer, Lowe’s stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts may have been victimized by a female and other parties which have stolen this type of equipment and that he believed this incident was related. The employee indicated that the store wishes to press charges if suspects are found.
On Sept. 4 at approximately 8:50 a.m., Officer Steven Moretti was dispatched to Custer Street for a report of malicious damage. At the scene, he met with the reporting party who stated that her car was parked in front of her home the previous evening and there appeared to be damage to the rear driver’s side of the vehicle.
The woman was unaware how the damage happened but the damage could have been caused by a sideswipe from another vehicle. The woman also told the officer that on Sept. 2 her car was egged while parked in front of her home. She said that the incident most likely happened between 9 and 11 p.m. the previous evening. There was no damage to the car from the egging. There are no cameras in the area and there are no suspects at this time.