The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police
JUST PASSING BY
Officer Manuel Pacheco reported he was off-duty and driving east on Longmeadow Avenue around 1:20 a.m. on April 29 when he saw a man reach into a parked car in front of 330 Longmeadow, pull out a case of beer, get back into his own vehicle and drive away. Pacheco said he called in the incident and began to follow the car. He said the car sped off and took a right onto Samuel Gorton Avenue and another at Armstrong and was doing around 70 miles per hour as it ran through both stop signs and turned onto West Shore Road without stopping. He said he followed the car onto Sandy Lane and then down Old Warwick Avenue, around the parking lot of the Mizu restaurant and then made its way back to Sandy Lane, where it pulled over near St. Kevin’s. Officer William DiGiulio reported he heard the call and spotted the suspect stopped vehicle near St. Kevin’s. He said the driver told him someone was following him but Pacheco detained him until the owner of the beer could come to the scene and said he was missing the 30-pack case of Genesee Ice from his car and Pacheco identified him as the man who took it. Gregory Abruzzini, 26, of 68 Chiswick Rd. in Warwick was charged with larceny and having one of the beers open inside his car and later released with a summons.
Det. Shaun Turcotte reported going to the Wal-Mart store on Bald Hill Road on April 28 to arrest an employee accused of selecting DVDs and headphones from stock and stashed the goods in a restroom where he later removed the stuff from the packaging before concealing it and taking it out of the store. Turcotte said the employee, identified as Roberto Andino, 49, of 110 Silver Lake Ave. in Providence, was seen doing just that on the store’s own DVDs. He was later released from headquarters with a summons for District Court.
Marissa C. Neville, 28, of 940 Quaker Lane in Warwick was charged with shoplifting on May 3 after loss prevention personnel at Kohl’s in the Rhode Island Mall told police she took a number of items into a fitting room where she removed the tags and concealed the items in her purse. She was charged with stealing $130.98 worth of merchandise and later released from headquarters with a summons for District Court.
Two Providence women were pursued by police after security at the Wal-Mart store on Post Road called police to report they drove out of the parking lot after they were confronted by loss prevention agents who said they concealed makeup items in a baby bag and left the store without paying for the goods. Officer Christian Vargas reported stopping them on Warwick Avenue around 5:18 p.m. on May 2. McKaylee A. Barros, 19, and Roseemily Nunez, 20, both of 161 Adelaide Ave. in Providence, were charged with shoplifting. Vargas reported they learned that there was an outstanding warrant for Barros stemming from a suspended license charge and she was later released by the Bail Commissioner on $1,000 personal recognizance.
A Cranston woman was charged with stealing $117.67 worth of boys’ underwear on May 1. Police said store security at the Wal-Mart store on Bald Hill Road had said they stopped her outside and recovered the merchandise from her. Laura K. Ellard, 27, of 64 Greenwood St. in Cranston was later released with a summons for District Court.
DUI OR REFUSAL
Officer David Waddington reported he stopped a car on Narragansett Parkway around 1:30 a.m. on April 26 for doing 63 in a 30-mile-per-hour zone. He said the car was also swerving around the road before it stopped and the driver appeared to be intoxicated when he spoke with him. He said he was attempting to give a field sobriety test to the driver when the driver swatted his flashlight with his baseball cap. He said the man also told him he wanted to be a cop once but now he knows “you’re all [expletive] jerks.” He said the driver failed the field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he refused to take any test or do anything until he talked to his attorney. Nathan R. Vanasse, 24, of 220 Nelson Capwell Rd. was charged with speeding, landed roadway violations, refusal and DUI, second offense. He said Vanasse said he was going over every piece of his property and refused to sign a property release form. He was later turned over to his parents.
Officer Hovsep Sarkisian reported he stopped a car for speeding on Route 95 south around 2 a.m. on April 29 and noticed that the driver appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test. Matthew R. Bertrand, 31, of 113 Laurens St. in Cranston was charged with refusal and DUI, second offense. He was also charged with no proof of insurance, third violation; and speeding, second violation.
Officer Matthew Moretti reported stopping a pickup truck on Airport Road around 9:40 p.m. on April 27 after he saw it operating erratically on Post Road before turning onto to Airport. Moretti said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and actually told him he was on his way to pick up a friend who had been drinking too much at a bar on Airport Road. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and registered a .153 blood alcohol content on the portable breath tester. Lucas Rancourt, 36, of 30 Case Ave. in Cranston was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test with the Intoxilyzer. He was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations and later released to a sober adult.
Joseph W. Branca, 31, of 1388 Broad St. in Providence was stopped on Route 95 north around 2 a.m. on April 25 after Officer Hovsep Sarkisian reported he was driving across lanes and swerving around the road. He said Branca failed a field sobriety test and was taken to Kent Hospital, because the breath analyzer at headquarters was being repaired and he refused to take a blood test. He was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway violations and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Jeffrey Taranto reported an accident with a motorcycle near the Greenwood Bridge around 1:15 a.m. on May 3. He said he arrived to find a man sitting on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was on the sidewalk. He said he asked the man what happened and the man said he didn’t know but Taranto said there was sand and debris on his shoulder and a little blood on his face from when he “dumped” the motorcycle. He said he told the man to get off the bike and turn it off. He said the driver failed the field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test. John M. Howarth, 57, of 11 Haswill St. in Warwick was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.