The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
Officer Tammy Mello reported arresting two men at the Walmart store on Bald Hill Road after loss prevention agents for the store told her they saw the men select merchandise from the store and then try to return it for refunds at the service desk on Oct. 8. Enrique Mojica Jr., 31, of 809 Admiral St. in Providence, was accused of trying to get money for a pair of boots worth $54.87 but was refused because he didn’t have a receipt. Mello said they followed him outside and arrested him there for taking the boots without paying for them. The second man, identified as Lawrence C. Kupec, 29, of 23 Butterworth Ave. in Bristol was charged with trying to get money for several items he selected inside the store and presented them with a receipt at the return desk. He was additionally charged with possession of marijuana when they found a bag containing a substance that tested positive for that drug. They were both arrested and held for the Bail Commissioner. Mello said they had to make arrangements for someone to come and get a minor child who was brought to the store with them.
Carissa Corneilius, 19, of 87 Church St. in West Warwick was charged with larceny after loss prevention agents told Officer Jason Brodeur she took two perfume testers from the fragrance department at Sears in the Rhode Island Mall on Oct. 12. They told Brodeur she pocketed the Burberry The Beat tester and then the Shakira tester before leaving the store without paying for them. Brodeur said she was charged with larceny because the testers were not actually for sale to the public.
Keri MacIntosh, 21, of 145 Long St. was charged with shoplifting on Oct. 16 after Walmart security told Officer Tomas Bogusz she concealed a variety of make-up items in her purse before leaving the store without paying for them. Bogusz said she was released with a summons from headquarters when she complained of chest pains and called Warwick Rescue and had her checked out. He said she refused to be taken to the hospital and refused to sign the refusal form for the Rescue crew.
Officer Stephen Major reported arresting a Providence woman at JC Penney in the Warwick Mall on Oct. 15 after loss prevention people told him she left the store with $488 worth of unpaid for merchandise. Dacia Mackinnon, 35, of 99 Rugby St. was also charged with obtaining a $50 refund for another item she returned with a false receipt. A 17-year-old girl who was with Mackinnon was released to an aunt.
Officer Jedidiah Pineau reported he was on patrol on Warwick Neck Avenue around 9 p.m. on Oct. 10 when he saw a car pulled over near Jacqueline Court with the lights out. He said he thought it might have broken down and stopped to check on the three occupants. He said he saw the driver put something in a cigarette box that looked like a crack pipe. He said she put the box in her purse and began to behave nervously with jerky movements. He said he asked her if she was OK and she said she was and that she was just leaving. He said she became more agitated and he asked her to get out of the car and began to pace and flail her arms around. He said she consented to a search and he found the pipe and a white rock that looked like crack in the cigarette box. He said Colleen A. Jenquist, 45, of 18 Glenwood Ave. in Cranston was arrested on suspicion of possessing crack. He said they found another rock in her wallet at headquarters and both rocks tested positive for cocaine.
Warwick police were dispatched to a Palmer Avenue address around 7:50 a.m. for a malicious damage in progress. Dispatch informed the officer the suspect left the area and was known as Mark A. Gelfuso driving a 2005 Acura with a donut spare on the front driver’s side. Officers spotted the car getting onto Route 37 and pulled it over on Route 95 and arrested Gelfuso on suspicion of drunk driving and malicious damage.
Police also learned that the woman in the car with Gelfuso when it was stopped was her son’s ex-girlfriend and the mother of the Palmer Avenue woman’s grandchildren. Police reported they learned that the ex-girlfriend lost custody of the children to their grandmother. She said her son’s ex-girlfriend was upset at the family because she would lose her food stamps and Section 8 housing status along with custody of the children. She further told police she had been getting threats from the woman since Oct. 1 and had been sending threatening text messages to her and her son, and had been reported to the Warwick police before. Police said there were over 300 texts messages from the children’s mother that the officer characterized as “disturbing.”
Police further said that the ex-girlfriend was in Warwick at the time of the malicious damage but was not with Gelfuso when he allegedly smashed a Captain Morgan Rum bottle on the Palmer Avenue woman’s car and gouged the car’s windows. They said Gelfuso, who was also described as an ex-boyfriend of the children’s mother with whom she remained friendly, denied attacking the car but police said they found another, empty Captain Morgan bottle in Gelfuso’s car. He was charged DUI, refusal, driving without a license, vandalism and disorderly conduct and held for the next session of District Court.
DUI AND REFUSALS
Officer James Wenneman reported he was dispatched to a one-car accident at Underwood and Chambly Avenues around 7:35 p.m. on Oct. 7. He said Warwick Rescue was already on the scene and treating the driver, the sole occupant of the car. He said the car was lying on its side and live wires from a downed utility pole were on the road. He said he approached the driver and could smell a strong odor of alcohol from her and her speech was slurred. Wenneman said he did an eye test on the driver and she had signs of sustained nystagmus, a standard measure of intoxication. He said he informed her that she was under arrest on suspicion of drunk driving and then followed Rescue to Rhode Island Hospital. He said she refused to take “any [expletive] test” at the hospital. Kimberly Costa-Aquino, 42, of 3 Chambly Ave. in Warwick was charged with DUI and refusal and left to the care and custody of the hospital.
Officer Gregory Johnson was on patrol on Warwick Avenue near Yucatan Drive around 1:40 a.m. on Oct. 14 when he saw two men standing outside a vehicle in the Rite Aid parking lot who appeared to be squaring off for a confrontation. He said he pulled into the parking lot and they returned to their car. He said he activated his emergency lights and stopped them from leaving. He said he learned the 2009 Lincoln belonged to the Church of St. Christopher out of Red Hook, New York, but a Rhode Island driver’s license identified the driver as Robert T. Chilinski, 28, of 185 Betsy Williams Dr. in Warwick. He said he asked who owned the vehicle and Chilinski said it was his. Johnson said he was getting suspicious and asked the passenger for his identification and was told he didn’t have any but claimed he was Chilinski’s brother. Johnson said they didn’t look like each other very much and he asked Chilinski to get out of the car and Chilinski staggered out of the vehicle. He said he then told him the passenger was his stepbrother and his stepbrother lived in Warwick. Johnson said he told Chilinski he was too drunk to drive and to lock up the car and walk to his grandmother’s house on Betsy Williams. Johnson said he got a call around 2:25 a.m. from the officer who assisted him earlier and she informed him that Chilinski had been stopped at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Post Road driving the Lincoln he was told to leave in the parking lot. Johnson met up with the other officer and subjected Chilinski to a field sobriety test and he failed it. He said Chilinski was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test. He was charged with DUI and refusal and held for arraignment. Johnson said he learned that Chilinski previously had a New York State license and had three DUI convictions and even served time for them and that it was possible that he falsified his Rhode Island license application.