Police Log


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


A Johnston woman was charged with stealing more that $8,000 worth of clothes, jewelry, shoes and fragrances from the Sears store in the Rhode Island Mall on Dec. 13. Officer Eric Lima took a statement from a loss prevention manager who said he started monitoring the woman when he saw her taking numerous items from the jewelry displays and putting them in an already filled shopping cart containing numerous white plastic bags. He said he alerted his coworkers and they began an extended video surveillance of her actions. He said she selected dozens of items from the jewelry counter and began removing security sensors from them as she concealed the goods in the bags. He said she did the same thing in fragrances, the women’s wear department and the shoe department. He said she then left through the women’s section without stopping to pay for anything. He said they stopped her outside and brought her back to the security officer where he said they recovered 95 separate items worth a total of $8,154.05 before tax. Doreen Gingras, 49, of 3 Ruth St. in Johnston, was charged with one count of shoplifting, first offense, at headquarters and later released with a summons for District Court.

Officer Stephen Major reported he was dispatched to the TJ Maxx store on Bald Hill Road on Dec. 15 for a shoplifting in progress. He said he and another officer stopped two women as they were leaving the store that were identified as the suspects seen concealing $129.90 in merchandise and walking out of the store without paying for it. He said Nicole M. Moynihan, 24, of 14 Wealth Ave. in Providence, was also wanted for felony shoplifting in Johnston. He said the second woman told him her name was Monique Cartwright but further investigation revealed that her real name was Paresha Jones, 20, of 94 Pleasant St. in Providence. She was charged with shoplifting and obstructing an officer and held for the Bail Commissioner. Moynihan was charged with shoplifting and held for the Johnston Police.

A Pawtucket man was charged with shoplifting at Macy’s in Warwick Mall on Dec. 13 after loss prevention at the store told police they saw him take a vest from the Ralph Lauren Polo section and put it on and then walk out of the store without paying for it. Cheick Sylla, 26, of 9 Nickerson St. was taken to headquarters and charged and police learned there was an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a driving on a suspended license charge. He was remanded to the ACI when he could not come up with the $1,000 surety bail.

Officer John Choquette reported he was on patrol around 1:50 p.m. on Dec. 14 when he saw a car heading east on Namquid Drive with an expired inspection sticker. He said he ran the plate and it came back as suspended for failure to obtain an inspection sticker. He said he turned his cruiser around and pursued the car with his emergency lights and siren on but the car failed to stop until after it turned onto Honeysuckle without a turn signal and finally pulled into a driveway at 115Aspinet Dr. He said he asked the driver why he did not stop and he told him he wanted to get the car to his house and stop in his own driveway. He said he wrote the driver a ticket for driving an unregistered car, no inspection sticker and turning without a signal. He said the driver indicated that he understood why he got the ticket but balked at Choquette telling him he was not going to tow the car but he was going to confiscate the plates. He said the driver began to yell at him and said he had no right to take the plates and demanded that Choquette show him proof that he could take the plates. Choquette said he told him he could and would take the plates but the driver got between him and the car and said it was private property and to get off his property. Choquette said he grabbed the driver by the arm and told him to move out of the way and continued to resist and obstruct him and continued to until he was placed in handcuffs. Matthew J. Kirchoff, 51, was taken to headquarters where he was charged and later released with a summons for District Court.

Officer Brian Murray reported he was on patrol around 9 p.m. on Dec. 13 when he was dispatched to Cowesett and Post Roads for a report of a drunk driver being followed by a citizen as it was driving south in the northbound lane of Post Road. Murray said he soon saw the vehicle pass him at a high rate of speed as it crossed into Murray’s lane and almost hit him. He said he called ahead to East Greenwich to alert them of the situation and followed the suspect’s car. He said he caught up with an accident just before Division Street; where the suspect vehicle hit another vehicle head on. He said he approached the driver and asked him if he was all right and said he had trouble understanding him and that he looked and acted intoxicated. He said the driver said he was all right and would drive his car onto a side street to get it off the road, apparently unaware that his driver’s side front wheel was knocked off the car. He said the driver agreed to take a preliminary breath test on the portable breath gauge and registered a .395 blood alcohol content. He said injuries prevented a field sobriety test and the man was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where he refused a blood test. Nicholas Henry Morin, 23, of 70 Sandro Dr. in Warwick was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations and left in the custody of the hospital staff.

Officer Jacob Elderkin reported he was on patrol around 9:50 p.m. on Dec. 12 when he stopped a car for drifting between lanes and over the double yellow lines on Oakland Beach Avenue. He said he stopped the car near Wood Street and asked the woman about her driving. He said she appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He said her passenger appeared to be even more intoxicated than the driver. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters on suspicion of drunk driving and her passenger was given a ride home, a few blocks away. Jean M. Bainter, 55, of 85 Ottawa Ave. refused a breath test at headquarters and was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations and later released to a sober adult.

Officer Matthew Moretti reported pulling over a driver for running a stop sign around 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 14. He said the GMC dump truck stopped in the middle of an intersection when he pulled it over at Alvin Street and Greenwood Avenue. He said the driver appeared to be under the influence and smelled of alcohol but denied he had been drinking. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and registered a .197 on the portable breath tester. He was taken to headquarters where he refused a Breathalyzer test. Raymond Ross, 53, of 165 Freeman St. was charged with DUI, refusal and running a red light and later released to a sober adult.


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