On Jan. 25 at approximately 1:27 p.m. Officer Jamey Petit was doing routine patrol in the area of West Shore Road and Buttonwoods Avenue when he heard an alarm at the Buttonwoods Service Center on West Shore Road.
Upon checking the area, he saw that the front door had been smashed, so he called for additional police units and also notified the owner.
The owner unlocked the door and the building was checked, and the Officers found that no other damage was done and there were no suspects in the building.
It was found that $75 in cash was missing from the main office desk. Nothing else was found to be taken. A bus pass and a blunt wrapper were found outside and placed into evidence.
It was determined that a single person grabbed a discarded metal brake rotor from the side of the building and threw it through the front door to get through. The report was forwarded to detectives.
A report of stolen rims and tires from a car at the Balise Collision Center on Jefferson Boulevard came to Officer Michael Walker on Jan. 25 at approximately 7:38 a.m.
The reporting party told the Officer that when she came into work around 7:30 a.m. she found that two vehicles, one a 2018 Toyota Camry and one a 2018 Toyota Corolla, were on cinderblocks. Both vehicles were from Balise Toyota.
There were four rims and tires taken from each vehicle. The set from each car was valued at $3,500 for a total value loss of $7,000.
There were no surveillance videos on the property at the time of the theft and the reporting party said Balise Toyota wished to press charges if a suspect was found.
Roughly $31,750 worth of items were taken from a Mercedes parked outside of Tennis RI on Centerville Road, while the owner of the car was inside. The larceny was reported on Jan. 27 at approximately 4:58 p.m., when Officer Christopher Gillis was called to the scene.
The owner of the car told the Officer that someone alerted her that a white Mercedes had been broken into in the parking lot and she ran outside to find that the rear passenger side window was smashed.
At the time, the owner of the vehicle thought that nothing had been taken from the vehicle. It was reported to dispatch later that evening that a Louis Vuitton handbag containing over $30,000 worth of jewelry and other items was missing from her vehicle. The items included five pieces of jewelry, including a pair of earrings worth $15,000, and a makeup bag. A Kindle e-reader and iPad were also in the bag.
There were no suspects at the time and the report was forwarded to detectives. The victim said she wished to pursue criminal action if a suspect was found.
On Jan. 28 at approximately 12:16 p.m. Officer Aaron Steere was patrolling the area of the Motel 6 on Jefferson Boulevard, which the report indicates is a common place for narcotics transactions and criminal activity.
Passing by, he observed a male drive into the Dunkin Donuts parking lot, where a male and female were seated outside of the shop. The male, later identified as Christopher Graves, 40, of 40 Fortin Avenue Apt. #1 in Pawtucket, stopped in the middle of the parking lot, at which time the other male, later identified as Andrew Tavares, 30, of 940 Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence walked up to his window.
After a brief conversation, Tavares got into the car and the other female, later identified as Erica Mello, 34, of 75 Hamilton Street in Providence, also walk over and get in.
Suspecting criminal activity, Officer Steere followed the vehicle as it started traveling on Jefferson Blvd. and then pulled the car over.
Graves could not provide the Officer with a valid ID and it was later learned that his license was expired. In the car, the Officer observed several torn off pieces of plastic on the floor and a spray air freshener.
He ran checks on all three passengers and found that Mello was listed as a caution as being a drug user and in possession of needles and syringes.
He also found that the vehicle did not have valid registration and told Graves that it would need to be towed, and that he would need to complete an inventory search before it was towed.
During interviews with the suspects, Mello said that she had recently met Graves and he was providing them with a ride. She said that she and the other passenger were homeless.
Tavares, who had identified himself with the false name Craig Cummings, said that he knew Graves through Graves’s wife and that Mello was his sister. A pat down of Tavares revealed that he had a plastic baggie with pills inside of it. The substance could not be determined by Officers at the time.
The Officers also conducted a pat down of Graves. All three suspects were found to have folding knives on them. The suspects stood off to the side while an inventory search of the car was conducted.
The search showed that there was a cut off straw, several pieces of packaging material, a small prescription bottle with the label torn off that had two pills inside and a small container with a crushed-up white powder in it. The car also had needles, syringes with what was thought to be heroin inside, glass smoking pipes and five prescription foil tins, some of which were in Mello’s purse.
All of the materials were taken into evidence and the car was towed while the suspects were transported to police headquarters.
Graves was charged with Possession of Schedule IV and Driving on Expired license and held to appear before the bail commissioner.
Tavares was charged with obstructing an officer in execution of duty for giving a fake name and released on a District Court summons to appear.
Investigation was continued into the syringes with brown liquid (possibly heroin), with a possible warrant for Tavares and Mello pending the results of the toxicology report.
On Jan. 25 at approximately 12:17 p.m. Officer Albert Marano responded to a report of shoplifting from the Walmart on Bald Hill Road.
The Loss Prevention officer told him that while she was watching video surveillance on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. she saw a male subject take a number of items from the electronics department of the store. Those items included three Playstation controllers and two Nintendo Switch controllers. The male took the items out of their packages and concealed them in his coat. He then exited the store without paying.
The estimated value of the merchandise was approximately $337.88. The store wished to press charges and trespass the subject if he was found. The receipt for the merchandise and videotape were placed into evidence. The report was forwarded to Detectives for follow up.
On Jan. 27 at approximately 6:06 p.m. Officer Anthony D’Abrosca responded to a report of a shoplifting in progress at the JC Penney on Bald Hill Road. Dispatch advised that a Toyota Corolla had taken off from the store with subjects inside.
Upon arrival, the Asset Protection officer told the Officer that two female subjects had taken several makeup items and concealed them in their purses. The subjects then exited the store without paying before she could stop them. One suspect got into the Toyota and the other got into a black car that she wasn’t able to identify.
One suspect took $289 worth of merchandise while the other took $132-worth of merchandise.
JC Penney wished to pursue charges against the suspects. A copy of the video surveillance footage was submitted for evidence.
On Jan. 27 at approximately 8:01 p.m. Officer Anthony D’Abrosca responded to the Macy’s on Bald Hill Road for the report of a shoplifting.
The Loss Prevention officer told him that she saw on video surveillance two males exit the store at 7:43 that night carrying possibly four North Face jackets valued at $440 and a Michael Kors handbag valued at $64.80 without paying for any of the merchandise.
Macy’s wished to press charges if the suspects were found. A copy of the video surveillance was submitted for evidence.