The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
Officer Tammy Mello reported three incidents of mailbox vandalism on Whitford Street on Feb. 19. One resident reported hearing some noise on the street around 1 a.m. but didn’t see anything when he looked out his bedroom window. He said he was leaving the house around 8:55 a.m. when he saw that his mailbox had been vandalized and mentioned that several of his neighbors suffered similar damage. Mello reported that two other neighbors filed reports with her about their mailboxes but there were no witnesses or suspects.
Officer Nicholas Reay reported another incident later that day on Enterprise Road. A resident there told Reay he was away for the night before but found his mailbox had been smashed when he returned around 5 p.m. Reay said the smashed box was hanging off the post and there was a dent in a neighbor’s box as well.
Officer Tammy Mello took yet another report of a vandalized mailbox on Parkway Drive around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 but this time the mailbox had been removed and stolen. No suspects or witnesses.
Officer Andrew Gilmartin took a report of a storm door and a window shutter damaged on Potters Avenue on Feb. 19. A woman there said she woke up to a loud bang and her dogs barking around 2:30 a.m. and then found that her storm door and a window shutter had been damaged and then found three rocks on the front lawn and the door in two pieces and a mark on the shutter apparently from being hit with a rock. No suspects.
Another broken window was reported on Feb. 18 on Wethersfield Drive around 8:30 p.m. The homeowner told police she came home a short time before and heard a loud crash from the front of the house. She said she found a bedroom window smashed and a rock sitting in the middle of the debris. No witnesses or suspects.
Police took a report of a broken windshield on car parked outside a house on Nausauket Road around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 18. A woman told police she heard a loud bang outside her house and went out to find the broken windshield. No suspects or witnesses.
A 55-year-old woman from Ledyard, CT, told police she and her grandchildren came to the Warwick Mall to see the water show at the Jordan’s Furniture store on Feb. 19 for an afternoon outing and returned to her car to find someone had “keyed” her car along the doors on the driver’s side. She had no idea why.
Officer Hovsep Sarkisian reported an arrest at Haxton’s Liquors on Bald Hill Road on Feb. 18. He was dispatched to the store for a shoplifting in progress and was told that the suspect was being detained at the store and becoming combative. Sarkisian said he found the man in the back room and took him into custody. The owner of the store told him they saw the man take two bottles of vodka and put one of them down his pants before going to the checkout and paying for one of the bottles. The owner said they stopped him in the vestibule and took him back inside. The owner said the man told him he was sorry and that he would pay for the $34.98 bottle of vodka but then tried to run when they told him the police were on their way and they wrestled him into the break room. The owner said he had video of the whole incident and a Mark A. Lavimodiere, 24, of 38 Tillinghast Ave. in Warwick was charged with shoplifting and later released on $3,000 surety bail.
Two West Warwick men were charged with stealing two packages of fishhooks from the Walmart store on Bald Hill Road on Feb. 24. Officer William Castaldi said loss prevention people told him the two men went to the sporting goods section and one of them concealed the two packages of fishing hooks on his person and then went outside and came back in to present the fishhooks for a refund. They told Castaldi the man took a store card for $9.02. In the meantime, loss prevention also said they saw his friend take two cheese sticks ($.33 each) from the cooler and eat them without paying for them before he met up with his friend again and they left with some items they paid for with the $9.02 refund. Gary B. Reid, 47, of 15 W. Warwick Ave., and Jesse M. Allen, 24, of the same address, were taken to headquarters, charged with shoplifting and obtaining money under false pretenses and released with summonses for District Court.
Officer Julio Benros reported he and other officers were dispatched to the Walmart store on post Road around 9:55 a.m. for a shoplifting in progress. On the way, dispatch informed the officers the loss prevention personnel gave up the foot chase after the suspect got into a white car and drove off. Benros said he saw a white car leaving the lot and pulled it over at Post Road and Sheldon Avenue. Benros said he soon learned that the driver did not have and never applied for a Rhode Island driver’s license. He also learned that the suspect had been convicted for shoplifting in November of last year and was on probation. Wilfredo Gonzalez, 47, of 537 Douglas Ave. in Providence was charged with being a habitual offender and for driving without a license and held for arraignment a probation violator.
Officer Aaron Steere reported arresting an 82-year-old woman and her 57-year-old son for shoplifting on Feb. 26. He said loss prevention at the Walmart store on Bald Hill Road told him they remembered the pair from the day before and thought they were acting suspiciously then. They said they decided to film their progress through the store and told Steere the woman took a kid’s watch, a pack of candy, a pack of batteries, makeup and a “candy scent.” They said they also saw the son acting as a lookout and helped her open the packaging on the watch before she concealed it. They also said that the woman presented a bag of cotton balls to the cashier and paid for them. They told Steere they recovered $21.20 worth of merchandise from the pair. They also said the woman tried to throw the candy scent behind a file cabinet in the office. They said she decided to call the police when the woman lied to them and her son refused to give them any personal information so that they could trespass them from the store. Now they wanted to trespass them and charge them with shoplifting. Steere said the son tried to tell him that his mother suffers from memory loss but Steere said he saw no sign of that and that she answered numerous questions without hesitation, including her name, Social Security number, birth, address and numerous other personal questions. Alba Mercurio, 82, of 227 Hyde St. in Cranston, was charged with shoplifting and told not to return to the store and Thomas Mercurio, 57, of 5670 North Boro Dr. in Naples, FL was told not to return to Walmart with or without his mother or he would be arrested for trespassing.