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ARSON

On November 29, Detective Jeffery Viveiros was made aware that a resident on Millcove Road had contacted the department the previous morning to report that he had discovered burned newspaper inside his green recycling bin. Officers Jandreau and Isherwood responded to the original complaint.

Detective Viveiros was also aware that there were multiple reports taken for trash fires in this particular area. He and Detective Parmenter responded to the address and observed that the burned newspaper was still inside the recycling bin, which showed signs of an inside fire, however, the bin’s integrity remained intact.

Photographs of the scene were taken, and the newspaper was seized and entered into evidence for BCI Detectives to process for prints. Currently, there are no suspects.

DINE AND DASH

A pair of Denny’s diners who appeared “extremely high” recently ran from the restaurant without paying their $44.44 bill.

Officer Thomas Greene was dispatched to the Quaker Lane Denny’s Classic Diner on November 30 around 2:50 a.m. for a report of an evasion of a food bill. According to his report, dispatch had advised that the duo entered a silver Volvo and had left the parking lot headed southbound and provided a potential license plate number.

Upon running checks on the plate number, it was discovered that it did not match the described vehicle. After he entered the restaurant, the officer observed an older gentleman seated at the counter and a waiter near him. He spoke with the waiter, who had served the suspects and called the police on the two individuals.

The waiter stated that the two men looked “extremely high,” ordered a “plethora” of food, and at one point exchanged pancakes for waffles. They then left the restaurant without paying.

The older gentleman told the officer that he was the one who had attempted to obtain the plate number. Both the waiter and witness provided a physical description of the men, one being white with blonde hair with chains around his neck, and the second was Hispanic wearing a plaid shirt with a black hat and a goatee.

The restaurant advised that they wished to press charges and would contact management to obtain video surveillance from the restaurant and surrounding area. At the time of this narrative, no suspects have been identified.

FALSE PRETENSES

On December 1, Officer Brian Murray met with a victim in the lobby of police headquarters in regards to a scam.

The victim told the officer that he reached out to acquire a personal loan and was contacted by Cash Advance America. A representative from the company told the man that he had been approved for a $5,000 loan but that their insurance providers needed a $250 deposit in iTunes gift cards.

The victim then bought the gift cards and gave the ID numbers from the cards to the representatives. Shortly thereafter, the victim received a call from the company stating that his bank blocked the transfer of the loan, and then advised him to go through Western Union to send another $450 in iTunes deposits.

Finding this suspicious, he refused to send any more money and then conducted research on Cash Advance America only to find that the company was a fraudulent one. Officer Murray attempted to contact the phone number provided several times but it was no longer working. There are currently no suspects, and a report was filed.

VANDALISM

Officer Matthew Higgins was dispatched to Haverford Road on December 5 around 4:20 p.m. for a report of vandalism.

He met with the reporting party, who stated that on that morning she went outside and cleared off her Jeep Liberty and headed off to work. While driving, she noticed that it sounded like a window was open in her vehicle. She then opened and closed all windows, but the noise continued. When she arrived at her destination, she realized that the rear driver’s side window had been shattered and that there was a small dent on the rear driver’s side panel and another over the rear wheel. It appeared as if something hit the side of the vehicle, breaking the window.

The victim indicated that there was no damage when she parked the car the night before and denies having any type of car accident. A report was taken and forwarded to detectives for follow-up.

LARCENY

While on uniformed patrol on November 26 around 8:57 p.m., Detective Jeffrey Viveiros was dispatched to Team Works on Jefferson Boulevard for a report of a larceny from a motor vehicle.

According to his report, the detective met with the victims who were outside of their vehicle, which was parked along the train tracks near the rear of the business. The victim advised the detective that she drove her Honda Civic to Team Works around 8:40 p.m. with her friends and parked her car, where both she and her passenger left their wallets inside the unlocked car.

After about 10 minutes inside the business, they returned to the car and observed that it had been rifled through and their wallets were gone. The victims stated that they observed an orange pick-up truck, possibly a Honda Ridgeline, with LED lights parked next to their car, which left in a hurried manner when the women returned.

One victim’s wallet, described as a tan and black Kate Spade, contained a debit card, health insurance information, and several store credit cards. The second victim’s walled was a brown Michael Kors, which contained a license, credit and debit cards, health insurance and $140.

Detective Viveiros surveyed the lot to see if any items were discarded and for the possible suspect vehicle, but his search proved negative. A report was filed, and the victims were advised to contact their financial institutions.

SHOPLIFTING

Officers Mitchel Voyer and Quentin Tavares responded to the Warwick Mall JC Penney on November 30 around 4:55 p.m. for a report of a shoplifter in custody.

Once on scene, the officers met with security who had a subject, later identified as Jessica Paolozzi, 31, of 24 Lakeview, Apt. 321, Narragansett, detained in their office. Security stated that they had observed Paolozzi in person and on security cameras in the Sephora department of the store, where she selected a number of skin care products that she concealed in her purse and pants. She then exited the store and headed into the mall, making no attempt to pay for the merchandise.

Mall security was then contacted, who began to track Paolozzi as she entered the Pink store. There she selected more merchandise and asked a store employee for a fitting room. She later returned some merchandise and left that store, where she was stopped by mall security.

An article of clothing from the Pink store, valued at $32.95, was found on her person, which was damaged from having its sensor ripped off. Merchandise from JC Penney, valued at $210 for six items taken, was also discovered undamaged. Both stores indicated that they wanted to press charges and provided receipts for the items and indicated they would provide officers with security footage of the incidents.

Paolozzi was arrested and transported to police headquarters, where she was charged with two counts of misdemeanor shoplifting and held for the bail commissioner.

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RISchadenfreude

Someone is going to catch the arsonist(s) on a game camera or just by staying up and watching the street on a "trash night".

As for "False Pretenses", it's a good clue that a company may not be legit if they take payment in iTunes cards and don't want things like... oh, I don't know: proof of identity, collateral, a signed loan agreement...; if they WERE legitimate, I wouldn't do business with a company that takes payment in them, regardless.

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