Police Log


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


Two women from Worcester were arrested on Dec. 6 after police stopped them on Centerville Road after they had been to at least 11 separate retail stores on an apparent shoplifting spree. Officer John Curley was among a number of officers who responded to the call about a shoplifting in progress at the Stop and Shop at 550 Greenwich Ave. around 5:15 p.m. Dispatch said a silver Trailblazer with Massachusetts plates headed south on Greenwich. Curley said he arrived after Capt. Thomas Hannon and several other officers caught up with the women near Toll Gate Road. Curley’s report listed 78 items recovered from the vehicle, including perfume and cologne, over the counter drugs and tools from CVS, Lowe’s, Marshall’s, Bob’s Store, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Pier 1 Imports and Stop and Shops between Warwick and Smithfield. The total value of the merchandise recovered was over $6,000. Pet food, pet medicines, drill bits, saw blades, tiles, picture frames, jeans, shirts and batteries were found among the items. Donna Marie Bandilla, 50, of 71 Sylvan St. in Worcester, was charged with shoplifting, conspiracy and felony receiving stolen goods. Her companion, Metria Marks, 36, also of Worcester, was charged with the same crimes and both were remanded to the ACI in lieu of bail.


A Warwick woman was charged with being a habitual offender on Dec. 8 after she was arrested for shoplifting at the Walmart store on Post Road. Police said Paula L. Bucco, 46, of 268 Irving Rd. was accused of stealing a pair of gloves and a sweatshirt worth a total of $23.97. Police said she had three prior convictions for shoplifting. She was later released on $1,000 surety. Her companion, identified as Adrienne E. Arsenault, 39, of 23 Kenmore St. in West Warwick was also charged with shoplifting $48.76 in goods and remanded to the ACI when she could not come up with the $5,000 surety bail for violating her probation.
A North Providence woman was charged with shoplifting, receiving stolen goods and carrying an illegal weapon on Dec. 8 after she was arrested at Macy’s in the Warwick Mall. Police reported they recovered $957 worth of mostly Polo sportswear. Loss prevention also told police they found a Capital One credit card and a purse on the woman that was reported stolen the day before by a sales associate at Macy’s. Police also learned the card had been used for several purchases before it was activated the day before. Police said they also found a knife in the jacket pocket of Kayla M. Argenti, 22, of 95 Olympia Ave. She was later released with a summons for District Court.

Police charged a Woonsocket man with being a habitual offender on Dec. 7 after he and a female companion were arrested at Macy’s for stealing four North Face jackets worth $817. Loss prevention at the store told police they saw the couple select the jackets and then go into fitting rooms where they concealed two of the jackets under their clothing and two more in shopping bags. Police said they also found a pair of tin snips with the couple that they used to remove sensors from the goods. Robert J. Forget, 31, of 242 Sixth Ave. in Woonsocket, and Cara Crane, 23, of 10 Mockingbird Hill in Bridgewater, were remanded to the ACI after they could not meet the bail for being a habitual offender.


Security at New England Tech on Post Road told police that a carpentry instructor at the school reported a number of tools gone missing from the shop. He said a reciprocating saw, a hammer drill, a circular saw, a cordless drill, three pneumatic finish nailers and three rechargeable batteries worth over $1,400 were last seen on Dec. 5 and were believed to have been taken overnight. They told police they did not have serial numbers for all the tools but all of the tools were engraved with “NIETBCC” somewhere on the tools. No suspects or witnesses.
Police took a report from a John Street resident about an inflatable lawn decoration on Dec. 8. The owner told police he worked overnight and came home at 6 a.m. to discover that the inflatable Christmas carousel that was on his lawn the night before was missing. He told police it was still in the yard around 1 a.m., when his wife reported seeing it, but was gone when he got home from work. The said it was about 8-feet-tall and had been anchored to the lawn with stakes. He said he checked around the neighborhood and did not find it but did find a neighbor who told him he saw an older model Oldsmobile in front of the house around 2 a.m. and again around 2:30 a.m. He told police it had a noisy muffler but he did not get the plate number. The owner said it cost $150.
Police went to Leslie Road on Dec. 8 to take a report of a larceny from a car. The victim told police she parked her Dodge Caravan in her driveway around 4 p.m. and went out to it around 10:30 p.m. to get something out of it and it didn’t appear that anything had been tampered with but, when she got up that morning around 6 a.m. and went to the van, she noticed that the glove compartment was open and papers were scattered around the inside and bag she kept her camcorder in was gone. She said a Canon Rebel XF digital camera a worth $900 and a $500 Sony digital camcorder were in the bag. Officer Russell Brown reported that about five additional vehicles on Leslie Road had been “gone through” that night. Brown reported that the woman called later to report that she realized a GPS unit was also missing from the van. The report was forwarded to detectives.


Officer Gregory Johnson reported he was on patrol around 2 a.m. on Dec. 4 when he saw a car traveling east on Main Avenue at a high rate of speed. He said he followed the car onto West Shore Road and clocked it at 57 mph on West Shore before he pulled it over near Hawksley Avenue. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and was “vigorously chewing gum” as she presented him with her car’s papers and license. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He said the driver registered a .144 and a .153 blood alcohol content on the breath test. Elizabeth M. Gardner, 47, of 345 Grove Ave. in Warwick was charged with speeding and DUI. She was later released to a sober adult.

Officer Manuel Pacheco reported he was on patrol around 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 when he heard a dispatch about a car hitting a pole in the parking lot of the J&M Service Center at 1710 West Shore Rd. An employee of the station told dispatch the car left the lot heading south on Warwick Neck Avenue. He said he caught up with the vehicle as it was about to enter Warwick Avenue from the Gulf station on West Shore Road and pulled up behind it. He said the driver admitted he hit a concrete pole in front of the gas pump at the service center and he told Pacheco there was no damage done to the pole but there was damage to the car’s bumper. He said he gave the driver a field sobriety test and he failed it. Clifford B. Breece Jr., 19, of 165 Vernon St. was taken to headquarters where he registered a .123 and a .119 blood alcohol content on the breath test. He was charged with DUI, first offense, and later released with a summons.
Officer Terence McMullin reported he followed a speeding car onto Route 37 west from Post Road around 1 a.m. on Dec. 4 and clocked it a t 80 mph before it pulled over. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test. Robert C. Russo, 27, of 22 Daboll Ct. in Warwick was taken to headquarters where he refused to take a breath test. He was charged with speeding, failing to use a turn signal, DUI and refusal. He was later released to a sober adult.


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