Police Log


The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police


Officer Darren Parrillo took a repot of copper piping stripped from a vacant building on East Avenue on Oct. 20. A manager of the property told Parrillo he came to check on the house around 10:30 a.m. and found the back door kicked in and three or four 10’ lengths of copper pipe were missing from the basement and other pipes apparently damaged in an attempt to cut or pull the pipes free from the structure. The manager told Parrillo the property had been vacant for some time now and the last time it was inspected was a few days before. For all the damage done, the scrap value of the pipe was estimated at $120. No suspects or witnesses.

A homeowner on Major Potter Road in Cowesett told Officer Patrick McGaffigan she and her family had been out of town for about a week and returned on Oct. 17 to find that someone had attempted to rip out the four lanterns that were installed at the bottom of her driveway. McGaffigan said the glass and bulbs of the fixtures were bent and twisted in an attempt to break the metal off the foundations, possibly to be sold as scrap. The homeowner told him the lanterns cost $400 each to replace without factoring in the labor. McGaffigan said he decided to call the incident an attempted larceny instead of a malicious damage, as originally reported. No suspects or witnesses.

A Third Avenue resident called police on Oct. 19 to report that a cast iron screw press that he kept in his driveway went missing sometime within the last 24 hours. The owner drew a diagram of the press to assist in identifying it if it was found. The owner said it was hand-operated and weighed around 400 pounds. No suspects or witnesses.


A visitor to Gold’s Gym on Bald Hill Road told police she was in the gym doing her workout between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 and returned to her car to find the window smashed in and several personal items missing from the vehicle. She told police a $1,000 laptop; a $200 hair straightener and a bag with about $150 worth of clothes inside were gone. There were no suspects.

A Warwick woman told police she was in the Warwick Medical Walk-in on Warwick Avenue around 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 18 and believed she left her purse and wallet there. She said she called there the next day but was told no one there reported seeing her purse and wallet. She said the purse contained five credit cards; her Rhode Island driver’s license, her Social Security card, her husband’s Social Security card and her two daughters’ Social Security cards. She said there has been no unauthorized use of the cards that she was aware of.
A Warwick boat owner came into headquarters to report that the Yamaha F2.5 MSH outboard motor he kept at the stern of his sailboat went missing on Oct. 17. He told police his boat is kept at the East Greenwich Yacht Club on Division Street. He told police he used the motor for his inflatable raft and it was worth $1,000. No witnesses or suspects.


A Central Falls woman was charged with shoplifting on Oct. 20 after security at the JC Penney store in the Warwick Mall told police they saw a cleaning woman for USI Maintenance take a selection of merchandise and conceal it in a bag inside her cleaning bin and then cover the bag with trash and then go into the stockroom and take more items. The woman, identified as Alexandra Sarria, 38, of 92 Sylvian St. was charged with shoplifting and taken to headquarters. Police learned that there was also a warrant out for Sarria for failure to appear on a driving on a suspended license charge. She was issued a summons for the shoplifting and then taken to the Women’s Intake Center at the ACI.

A Woonsocket man was charged with shoplifting at the Macy’s store in the Warwick Mall on Oct. 21 after security at the store told police the man grabbed five polo shirts from the men’s department and walked out of the store without paying for them. They told police they confronted him outside the store and he dropped the shirts and ran. Police arrived to find the man on the ground and in handcuffs in front of the Red Robin restaurant when they arrived. John J. Clark, 20, of 262 Robinson St. was charged with stealing $375 worth of polo shirts.
A Cranston woman was arrested at the Sears store in the Rhode Island Mall on Oct. 22 after loss prevention agents at the store told police she concealed two boxes of men’s fragrance in a paper bag and fled the store without paying for them. They told police they found a number of other items on the woman after they stopped her, including leggings, shirts, shoes and a vest worth a total of $487.44. Halina Wec, 54, of 45 Frances St. was later released with a summons for District Court.

A Warwick woman was charged with shoplifting at the Walmart store on Post Road and told not to come back to Walmart stores on Oct. 21. Loss prevention agents told police they saw her take a purse worth $22 and put it over her shoulder and take a hat worth $5 and conceal it in a baby stroller before paying for one item and leaving the store without paying for the concealed goods. The loss prevention agents told police they learned that the same woman had been previously charged with shoplifting from their North Kingstown and Coventry stores and wanted her to be formally warned that she would be arrested for trespassing if she was found in a Walmart store in the future. A family member was called to take custody of the minor daughter of Amanda L. Townsend, 29, of 2194 Warwick Ave., and Townsend was taken to headquarters and charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons.

Valerie Grenier, 29, of 247 Old North Rd. in South Kingstown was charged with shoplifting at the Kohl’s store in the Rhode Island Mall on Oct. 20. Store security told police she concealed earrings, a bracelet and a necklace worth a total of $112 in her purse before leaving the store without paying for them. She was later released with a summons.

Matthew Saygbah, 24, of 27 Waverly St. in Providence was charged with shoplifting on Oct. 15 after security at the Walmart store on bald Hill Road told police they saw him rip the packaging off an MP3 player and conceal the player in his pocket and then leave the store without paying for it. He was transported to headquarters where he was charged with stealing $34.88.

Warwick police were dispatched to the Walmart store on Post Road on Oct. 20 for a shoplifting in progress with a report that the suspect fled in a white 2003 BMW last seen heading north on Post Road. Officer John Madden called in to report that he stopped the car at the Gold Plaza on Warwick Avenue a few minutes later. Officer Joseph DeDonato brought the subject back to Walmart where she was identified as the woman they saw in the pet department who took a package of Advantage flea drops and conceal the bottles in her purse before leaving the store without paying for them. Police were called when she refused to come back into the store when she was confronted outside and then got in her car and drove off with the flea drops wedged between the console and the front seat. Police said they also recovered a $20 cell phone cover that also came from Walmart. Jennifer J. Reedy, 40, of 1 Reedy St. in Johnston, was charged with stealing a $49.99 bottle of Advantage and for driving on a suspended license.


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