NOT A GOOD START
On January 30 at approximately 8:21 a.m., Officer Daniel O’Connell was dispatched to Dewey Avenue for a building alarm. Arriving on scene, the officer responded to the entrance, where he noticed that a car was parked directly in front. Officer O’Connell provided the vehicle information and plate number to dispatch. He then noticed a woman walking in the reception area. She answered the door and identified herself as Sylvia Benedetti, 51, of 100 Elena Street, Apt. 807 in Cranston. She advised the officer that it was her first day at her new job and that she accidentally entered the wrong code for the business alarm when she arrived for work. Positive identification was made and the initial building alarm was ruled as accidental.
According to the police report, however, dispatch then contacted the officer and informed him that the owner of the license plate he had provided earlier was found to have an active Superior Court warrant. The warrant was for failure to appear for restitution review on a charge of embezzlement for over $100.
The car was owned by Benedetti, who was advised of the arrest warrant. She was taken into custody without incident, and prior to leaving the scene the business was advised of the circumstances of their employee. The business and car were also secured by Benedetti, who was then taken to police headquarters, where she was booked and processed before being transported to Providence County Superior Court.
NO SEAT BELT
While on routine patrol traveling southbound on Post Road around 12:30 p.m. on January 30, Officer John Curley observed a car in front of him with Virginia license plates with a driver not wearing his seat belt. A traffic stop was then initiated.
Officer O’Connell approached the vehicle, according to the report, and met with the driver, identified as Shawn Crosby, 31, of 4601 Elim Lane in Highland, Illinois, who was informed of the reason for the stop. A background check revealed that Crosby’s Illinois driver’s license was suspended.
He was issued a violation for no seat belt and for driving with a suspended license. He was released at the scene.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Officer Timothy Tavares was working an enforcement detail in the area of Post and Airport Roads on January 28 around 1 a.m. when he observed a dark colored pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed on the southbound side of Post Road. The officer then pulled out of his traffic post and attempted to catch up with the vehicle.
When he caught up with the truck, the officer observed that it was traveling at approximately 50 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone, according to the report. The vehicle then slowed and turned onto Coronado Road, where it traveled at 40 miles an hour in a 25 mile per hour zone before stopping at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Kilvert Street. Turning onto Kilvert, the truck was again speeding above the posted limit, and a traffic stop was initiated.
Officer Tavares then identified the driver as Larry Gibbons, 33, of 8262 Route 75 S in East Waterford, Pennsylvania. Gibbons told the officer that he was on his way back to the hotel where he was staying. The officer immediately noticed that Gibbons’ eyes were extremely bloodshot and watery and that his speech was heavily slurred. When asked, he stated that he had a few beers that evening. He then consented to a series of field sobriety tests.
Based on his performance during the tests, and the officer’s observations and experience, it was determined that Gibbons was unfit to operate a motor vehicle. He was transported to police headquarters and a sober passenger was allowed to take possession of the truck.
At the station, Gibbons agreed to take a chemical breathalyzer test, which provided readings of 0.165 and 0.153 for blood alcohol content. Gibbons was charged with driving under the influence first offence, and issued a citation for speeding.
NO TAIL LIGHT
While on routine patrol around 12:20 p.m. on January 28, Officer Michael Harris observed a car traveling eastbound on West Shore Road with a rear tail light that was not functioning, and he initiated a traffic stop.
The driver, Bryn Diorio, 29, of 26 Sheffield Avenue in Coventry, was informed of the reason for the stop and told the officer she was unaware of the equipment violation. A background check revealed that Diorio had a suspended license.
Diorio was issued a summons for driving on a suspended license, first offense, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. Her license and plates were seized and her car towed. She was then picked up from the scene by a family member.
On January 31 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Officer Brian Fontaine was dispatched to the Warwick Mall Macy’s for a shoplifting report.
Upon arrival he met with a member of the store’s loss prevention team, who stated that there was a male suspect in custody, who was later identified as Elvin Objio, 26, of 21 McCusker Drive, Apt. 11 in Braintree, Mass. According to the store employee, she had observed the man come into the store with a brown paper bag and select merchandise throughout the store. According to the report, Objio selected a black hooded sweatshirt and a black Adidas jacket, amongst other items, then proceeded to a fitting room. He was then observed leaving the room with the brown bag, which appeared larger than when he entered. Objio then exited the store, passing all points of sale without paying. He was then approached and apprehended by asset protection and escorted back into the store, where a total of $435.38 worth of merchandise was recovered.
Based upon the statement provided by security, Objio was arrested and transported to police headquarters, where he was booked and processed for misdemeanor shoplifting.
Officer Stephen Major was dispatched to the Tri Power Sales and Service store on Minnesota Avenue on January 26 around 2 p.m.
There he met with a store representative, who described a series of events that occurred prior to the officer’s arrival. He told the officer that two white males had come into the business. One man had a beard and concealed a strobe light, valued at $55.80, and then left the store heading eastward away from Post Road.
The representative was able to burn video footage of the incident, which was entered into evidence. Currently, there are no suspects.