Police Log


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

A Norfolk Road man told Officer Julio Benros that on July 22, while he was umpiring a game at Winslow Athletic Field, a black bag that contained baseball and umpiring equipment had been stolen from his car. He said that the bag had contained pads, winter clothing, brushes, two counters and a sack that had $20 inside of it. He said that all the items were worth between $300 and $400. There were no witnesses or suspects.

A Warwick man told Officer Erin Cahalan that on July 21 his car stereo/CD player was stolen from his car that was parked in front of his home on Pinnery Avenue. He said the stereo had been stolen three or four days before the report when he had been in Connecticut. He said his steering column had also been tampered with. The stereo was valued at $200. No suspects or witnesses.

Officer Geoffrey Waldman reported that he was on patrol at around 2:30 a.m. on July 17 when he saw two males walking on Massachusetts Avenue. He said when he approached the men; they both smelled strongly of alcohol and spoke with slurred speech. Police said a woman who was friends with the two men, who live in the area, offered to drive the intoxicated men’s car home. Police said all parties agreed to this.
Later, Waldman reported to nearby Louisiana Avenue for a hit and run accident. The reporting man’s vehicle had been parked legally and had moderate damage to its rear door and bumper. Waldman said the car across the street was the same vehicle the woman had driven home 30 minutes earlier and its rear window was shattered. He said he went across the street to the driver’s home where he talked to the parents of the car’s owner who said they did not know where their son was. Waldman said the man appeared at the scene on foot in 10 minutes. He had grass and dirt on his head, shoulders and shirt. When asked where he had been, he reportedly said he had been hiding and that he had returned to take responsibility for his actions. Waldman said the man admitted to driving the vehicle in the accident. He was given field sobriety tests and failed. The driver was taken to headquarters for suspicion of a DUI. Matthew Burns, 26, of 11 Louisiana Ave. registered a .198 and .205 blood alcohol content on the breath test. He was charged with a DUI.

Officer John Curley reported he was on patrol around 8 p.m. on July 18, when a car almost struck the front of his cruiser as it exited the Benny’s parking lot on West Shore Road. He said the car exited the lot without using any caution or slowing down and crossed two lanes of traffic into the westbound lane. He then stopped the driver in front of West Shore Animal Clinic and conducted field sobriety tests. He said the driver failed the sobriety test and was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. He said the driver refused a breath test at headquarters. Jeremy R. Giardello, 31, of 444 Pequot Ave. was charged with DUI and refusal, driving under a suspended license and traffic violations.
Officer Charles Austin Jr. reported he was on patrol on July 21 at 1:17 a.m. when he saw a car speeding on Bald Hill Road. He said he followed the car and it crossed the yellow line into the turn-only lane and then veered back into the correct lane of travel. He said he activated his sirens and attempted to stop the car but it continued driving and went through a red light at the intersection of Pace Boulevard and Bald Hill Road. He continued to follow the car, which pulled over in front of Ethan Alan on Quaker Lane. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and smelled of alcohol. He said that the driver said he had three drinks and consumed his last beverage 20 minutes before being pulled over. He said the driver also said he was under 21 years old. He said the driver failed the field sobriety test and was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. He said the driver refused a breath test at headquarters. Nicholas Laverdiere, 20, of 13 Medieval Way in West Warwick was charged with DUI and refusal and traffic violations.

A Cranston woman was arrested and charged with shoplifting on July 24 after a loss prevention officer for Target in the Warwick Mall told Officer William Castaldi that the woman had gone through the aisles and selected items without regard for price and had exited the store without any attempt to pay for the merchandise. The nine stolen items were valued at $65.15, according to the police report. Laura Ellard, 27, of 64 Greenwood St. was taken to headquarters and charged with shoplifting and was held for the next session of District Court.
Officer Christian Vargas arrested a Providence woman at the Warwick Mall on July 22 after a loss prevention associate told him he had seen the woman steal seven pairs of sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut located in the Macy’s store valued at $567.94. He said the woman was also found to be in possession of many other items that she had no receipts for, including 13 pairs of sunglasses, a Henckels knife set and five assorted personal hygiene items from the Body Shop. He said she had five demo cell phones of various models as well and identified those as having been stolen from a store in the Providence Place Mall. She also had two more pairs of sunglasses that she said she stole from the Providence Mall, one pair of Oakley brand and one of Tiffany brand. Assorted make-up, a can opener, four Henckels knives were also recovered. Rhonda Pari, 52, of 460 Charles St. was arrested and charged with felony shoplifting and being a habitual offender. In July of 2012 she had been released on bail for a similar offense and was therefore held as a violator.

Officer Tammy Mello went to 14 Stewart Street on July 23 for a report of malicious damage to a window. When she arrived, she spoke to a resident who said he noticed that a side window had two holes, which appeared to be the result of some type of BB gun being fired at the window. He said there was also similar damage to a second floor window, which appeared to have been shot once with a BB gun. No witnesses or suspects.

Officer Christopher Lo went to the Warwick Mall Macy’s parking lot on July 20 at 9:52 p.m. in response to a report of vandalism. A Macy’s loss prevention officer called in a silver SUV with its hazard lights on. The vehicle had a garbage bag covering the window, but the owner said it was due to damage from a previous accident. While there, another person in the parking lot flagged Lo down about damage to her 2006 BMW. A Warwick woman and man said that there was no damage to the car when they arrived at 8:30 p.m., but when they returned at around 10 p.m., they discovered the damage. Lo said that he saw damage to the exterior, which seemed to have been keyed, and lines were drawn on the passenger’s and driver’s side panel, hood of the car, and roof of the vehicle. There were no cameras in the parking lot. No suspects or witnesses.


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