Police Log


Suspect sought in cigarette theft

Police are seeking to identify a suspect in the theft of cigarettes from a local store.

The suspect – described by police as a male in his late 40s or early 50s, and as being “rough looking” with “several missing teeth” – is said to have entered the Cumberland Farms on Killingly Street shortly before 11 p.m. on Sept. 27 and asked the cashier for two cartons of Newport cigarettes.

Once the cigarettes were placed on the counter, police say the suspect grabbed them and fled the establishment on food, heading down Traver Avenue and crossing the Manton Bridge into Providence.

Police say the suspect was wearing a camouflage hat with a white emblem on the front, possibly a New York Yankees logo. He is believed to reside in the Fruit Hill or Manton Avenue area of Providence and North Providence.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to contact Detective Seth Crosby at 401-231-4210 or scrosby@johnstonpd.com.


This image taken from surveillance footage shows the suspect in a late September theft of cigarettes from Cumberland Farms on Killingly Street. (Image courtesy of Johnston Police Department)

Drive-thru incident leads to disorderly charge

On Sept. 30 at approximately 10:15 a.m., Patrolman David Galligan responded to the Atwood Avenue Dunkin’ Donuts for a report of a male banging on the window of another customer’s vehicle in the drive-thru lane.

Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the victim, who stated she was waiting in line in her car and had to stop as the vehicle in front of her began reversing toward her. It was then that the male driver directly behind her began honking his horn. He is said to have then exited his car, approached the victim, and stared banging on the front driver’s side window.

According to Galligan’s report, while woman said while striking her car, the man yelled, “Move your [expletive] car,” and “Get the [expletive] out.” The woman told the officer she was in fear of the man and exited the drive-thru lane without placing an order. The man then got back in his car and placed his own order.

The victim told Galligan the man was operating a gray Honda Civic with Rhode Island license plates, which she provided to the officer along with a description of the suspect. She indicated that she wished to pursue a criminal complaint.

Based on the provided information and a DMV check, the suspect was identified as Marcus Wilson, 38, of 727 Atwood Ave., Apt. #303 in Cranston.

Later that day, Wilson responded to police headquarters for questioning, where he is said to have admitted he acted in a violent and threatening manner as indicated by the victim. He was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, and was processed and released with a court summons.

Man charged in theft of bicycles

Officer Adam Parkinson reports responding to the area of 94 George Waterman Ave. at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 for a report of a possible larceny of bicycles. While patrolling the area, he encountered two parties sitting on an embankment and in possession of two bicycles.

Speaking with the adult male on scene, identified as Roberto Torres of 156 Adelaide Ave. in Providence, the officer inquired as to who was the owner of the bikes. Torres is said to have indicated that he was, and advised that he had recently retrieved them.

Torres was transported back to the area where the bikes were reported missing. There, a witness had told dispatch that he had observed two parties to be in possession of three bicycles, and that it was observed that Torres had left one bike behind. That witness is said to have positively identified Torres as the one who took the bikes.

Torres was arrested on a charge of larceny and transported to headquarters for processing.


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