STOLEN AND STRIPPED CAR
On Monday, October 30 at approximately 7:00 a.m. Officer Christian Vargas responded to a call about a car stolen from Jonathan Court.
When Officer Vargas arrived, the owner told Vargas that he came home from the casino at around 2:30 a.m. earlier that morning and left his vehicle, a 2008 4-door Honda Civic SI, locked and secured in his driveway. When he woke up around 7:00 a.m. the car was missing.
The car had special rear conversion, a rear spoiler, front lip, side skirts, and a customization making it low to the ground. Both plates were on the vehicle, it was insured, and the owner said the he was in possession of both keys for the car. The owner valued the car at approximately $7,000 to $8,000. A friend of the owner advised the officer that $1,200 was also in the car, which had been given to him before going to the casino but he didn’t want to spend it so he left it in the car.
After Officer Vargas entered the vehicle in as stolen, he was informed at around 12 p.m. that same day that Providence Police had located the vehicle and it was missing its wheels, hood, and engine block.
Officer Vargas was told that the incident was captured on video from a personal security system at a residence in Providence and the crime is currently under investigation.
DRIVING WITH SUSPENDED LICENSE
On Wednesday, October 26 at approximately 4:35 p.m. Officer Derek Mourato saw a vehicle missing an inspection sticker pass his cruiser on Bald Hill Road. Officer Mourato pulled the vehicle, a 1998 Honda sedan, to the side of the road.
The driver was identified as Tommy Flores, 24, of 29 Wheeler St., Pawtucket. Flores told Officer Mourato during their conversation that his license is suspended, which the Officer confirmed in the system. Officer Mourato also saw that this would be Flores’ third offense for driving on a suspended license.
Flores was issued a summons for driving on a suspended license – third offense and has a third district court date set for December 7. He was also cited for a missing inspection sticker and for driving with an expired registration, and the court date for those will be at Warwick Municipal Court on November 16.
A passenger did have an active license and drove the pair away from the scene.
Officer Kevin McGuire Jr. was sitting in his cruiser on Centerville road on Wednesday October 25 at approximately 9:00 p.m. when he saw a black Nissan Maxima drive past him with an invalid RI inspection sticker. Officer McGuire ran the plates and discovered that they were expired and didn’t match the vehicle.
The Officer pulled the car over, which was being driven by Peter Ploeung, 30, who was driving on a suspended license. The car was unregistered because, according to Ploeung, he and his girlfriend, who purchased the car, were having trouble transferring the title from Massachusetts to Rhode Island.
Officer McGuire issued Pleoung violations for driving with a suspended license, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and inspection sticker required, and released him from the scene with a court summons.
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 Officer Aaron Kay observed a speeding Isuzu SUV go past his traffic post on East Avenue, near the Route 95 ramp. The car was clocked at 56 mph in a 40 mph speed zone and Officer Kay stopped the car, which pulled over into the Toys R Us parking lot.
In the car was the driver, Jerome Ferreira, 42, a passenger and a 10-month-old boy in a car seat in the back. Upon talking to Officer Kay, Ferreira told him that his license was expired and he could not get it renewed due to fines owed in Warwick.
Officer Kay ran his information and found that Ferreira’s license had been suspended on November 2 of 2016 because of failure to pay fines, and Ferreira said he was unaware of the suspension. Officer Kay then gave him a summons to third district court for driving on suspended license second offense with a court date of December 7. He also issued a speeding citation, reduced to five over, with a Warwick Municipal court date of November 16.
Officer Kay then reinstalled the car seat properly because the pair thought they had done it correctly but it was in the middle seat and the latch belts were loose. The passenger was then allowed to drive the trio away from the scene because she had an active license.
On Friday, October 27 at approximately 9:37 p.m. Officer Ali Jaafar was driving on East Avenue when he saw a Nissan sedan committing laned roadway violations.
Officer Jaafar pulled over the car, which was being operated by Amunkie Cruz, 21. The car was registered to Cruz, but Officer Jaafar found that he was driving on a suspended license and this would be his third offense. Cruz was cited for driving on suspended license and the person in the passenger seat drove Cruz away from the scene.
On Saturday, October 28 at approximately 10:54 p.m. Officer Nicholas DiNardo was driving on Main Avenue in the area of the airport. He saw a Ford SUV driving in front of him with a registration sticker that was expired.
Officer DiNardo pulled the vehicle over, which was being driven by James Pedchenko, 57. DMV checks showed that Pedchenko was also driving on a suspended license and confirmed that the car’s registration was expired. DiNardo issued him a violation for driving with expired registration, with an optional court date of November 16 if he doesn’t pay the $85 fine, and a third district court summons for driving on suspended license second offense, with a court date of December 7.
The car was then driven away from the scene by the owner of the car, who was not Pedchenko and had a valid license.