Police Log


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


Officer Quentin Tavares reported a missing inflatable bounce castle from a home on Glen Meadows Court on June 16. He said a representative of Jumpin’ Jupiter Inflatables in Providence told him they delivered a bouncing castle to that address the day before and he returned to retrieve it that morning and was told that it had already been taken away by two men in a dark blue pickup truck earlier that day. The homeowner who rented the castle told Tavares the two men arrived around 11 a.m. that morning and dismantled the castle and took it away. He said they seemed to know what they were doing and appeared to have the proper equipment for the task and he didn’t give it a second thought. The owner of the castle told Tavares she had no idea who would have taken the castle and that it was worth around $5,000. No suspects.


@T_Basic:Officer Mark Jandreau reported a call to the Oakland Beach boat ramp around 1:15 p.m. on June 15 about two cars that had been spraypainted sometime between 9 and 9:30 that morning. The owners of the cars told Jandreau they parked near the ramp around 5 a.m. to go for a morning of fishing on a friend’s boat and found the damage when they returned around 1 p.m. Jandreau spoke with public works employees who told him they had been working there that morning and took a break around 9 a.m. and noticed that the cars had been painted when they got back from their break. There were no suspects or witnesses, and Jandreau said he couldn’t find any spray cans or other evidence in the area.


A dentist with an office on Main Avenue called police on June 14 to report that his pickup truck was missing. He told Officer Nicholas Reay he arrived at the office and went to work as usual but noticed the truck was missing when he returned for it around 2 p.m. He said a dental hygienist in his office told him she saw the truck around 1:10 p.m. Reay said there were no signs of broken glass and the dentist said he had his keys but could not remember if there was a spare key under the floor mat or if he left the truck unlocked. He said it was a 1997 metallic green Chevy Silverado 4x4. Reay said a statewide bulletin was issued and the car recorded as stolen. Reay said it was not known whether the theft was related to others that have occurred in the area. No suspects or witnesses.


A West Warwick man called police to report that someone had entered his boat while it was docked at Apponaug Marina for the second time on June 15. The owner told Officer Patrick Smith he left the boat around 4 p.m. the day before and returned that day to find that someone had been inside the boat and smoked in it. He said there was nothing missing from the boat, but it was the second time within a week that he found that someone had smoked in the boat and he didn’t call police the first time. He said he would press charges if the trespasser were caught. Smith noted that the boat does not have a door on it.


Officer Julio Benros took a report of a missing canoe on Lake Shore Drive on June 19. The property owner said the canoe belonged to his aunt and was kept at his place. He told Benros he believed it was taken sometime overnight, after 6 p.m. and before 7 a.m. The canoe was described as a red 10-foot two-seater Coleman with Coca-Cola painted on each side. The homeowner told Benros he suspected that it was taken by juveniles and was probably still somewhere around Warwick Lake. No suspects.


An Underwood Avenue resident told police someone threw an egg at her windshield on Warwick Avenue around 8:30 p.m. on June 17. She said she was driving near Gold’s Plaza when she felt the impact and thought it was a rock. When she got home she learned it was an egg and suspected it was thrown from a car going in the opposite direction. Officer Christian Vargas noted that there had been a similar complaint earlier that day. No suspects or witnesses.


Officer Gary Driscoll was sent to Macy’s in Warwick Mall to take custody of a West Warwick woman accused of stealing or damaging $469 worth of clothing. He said a loss prevention supervisor reported she saw the woman take a number of items into a fitting room and conceal them. She told Driscoll the woman then left the store without paying for any of the concealed items and was stopped and escorted back into the store. Jessica Batista, 28, of 10 Johnson Ct., was taken to headquarters and charged with shoplifting. Driscoll said she was held for the bail commissioner because she was already out on bail for a similar charge in Providence.

Officer Driscoll was dispatched to Kohl’s in Rhode Island Mall on June 14 for a shoplifting suspect in custody. A loss prevention agent told Driscoll she saw the suspect gather up a number of fragrance items that she took into a fitting room, where she placed the items in her purse and then walked out of the store without paying for them. Yolanda Diaz, 28, of Leonard Jenard Rd., Pawtucket, was later released with a summons for District Court.

Officer Charles Austin reported arresting a woman at Kohl’s in Rhode Island Mall on June 14 after a loss prevention agent at the store told him he saw her take a number of items into the fitting room and then cut tags off them before putting them in her purse. He told Austin the woman paid for the items in her shopping cart but failed to pay for the things concealed in her purse. Wendy L. Dion, 46, of 223 Raccoon Run Rd., Coventry, was charged with stealing $369 worth of jewelry, candles and clothes and later released with a summons.


Officer Patrick Smith reported he stopped a car he saw driving very slowly and erratically through Apponaug around 1:15 a.m. on June 15. He said the driver smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to be drunk. He said his speech was largely incoherent but managed to say that he thought he was on his way home to North Providence from Providence. Smith said he asked the man if he had been drinking and he said he had one earlier and Smith then asked him why he smelled so much of alcohol and he replied, “Well, I had a couple yesterday morning.” He said he asked the man to take a field sobriety test and demonstrated how to do the walk and turn portion of the test, and he said, No one can stand like that.” He said the man made an attempt but almost fell over both times. He also reported the man said he was “too lazy” to do the one-leg stand but tried and almost fell over again. He said he told the man he was under arrest for suspicion of drunk driving, and the man got belligerent started yelling that Smith was a racist. Garssemu Kromah, 31, of 20 Monongahela Ave., North Providence, was taken to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test. He was charged with DUI, refusal and having an open container of alcohol for the open bottle of E&J Brandy they found in the car.

Officer David Waddington responded to Jefferson Boulevard around 2:50 p.m. on June 13 to try to find an erratic driver reported to be there. He said he found the car and pulled it over on Metro Center. He said the driver smelled strongly of alcohol and told him she had no idea why she was stopped. He said he asked her if she was on any medications and she told him she was on methadone. He said she failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters, where she refused a chemical test. Waddington said a check of her record revealed a similar arrest in 2006, but it was over five years so couldn’t charge her with DUI and refusal second offense. Laurie A. Tavarossi, 53, of 100 Elena St., Cranston, was charged with DUI and refusal and leaving the scene of an accident and later released to a sober adult.


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