Police Log


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

Officer Eric Lima reported he was dispatched to Haxton’s Liquors on Bald Hill Road on Aug. 27 for a report of a shoplifter in custody that was being disruptive. The owner told Lima a man came into the shop and took a $45.79 bottle of Johnny Walker Black off the shelf and move toward the back of the store. He said the man came back to the counter later with a six-pack of beer and said he would have to go to his car to get his wallet and left the six-pack on the counter and walked outside, where he was challenged to return the bottle of Johnny Walker. The owner said he denied he had it but they lifted his coat and found the bottle tucked into his pants. Lima said the surveillance video also showed the man’s female companion taking a $45.98 bottle of Hennessy cognac and concealing it in her purse before leaving the store by herself, but Jesse Ellinwood, 32, of 15 Harvard Ave., refused to tell the owner or the police who she was.
A Cranston woman was arrested at Macy’s in Warwick Mall on Aug. 29 after loss prevention at the store told police she entered the fitting room with some clothing that she concealed in her handbag and then left the store without paying for them. They told police they recovered $169 worth of goods from her handbag. Rownea B. Lirio, 42, of 35 Carman St., was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons and a warning not to return to the store.
Sheila Rossi, 62, of 60 Perkins Ave., Cranston, was charged with shoplifting at Kohl’s at Rhode Island Mall on Aug. 30. Loss prevention at the store told police she was seen moving through the store, selecting merchandise that she concealed in her purse and then walked out of the store without paying for the goods. She was later released with summons.

A plumbing contractor working for Kent Hospital came into headquarters on Aug. 29 to report that 91 bronze gate valves needed to replace the old water valves at the hospital went missing from the job site. The contractor said the valves were delivered on Aug. 23 and left inside the hospital. He said he went looking for the valves that morning and discovered they were gone. Officer Quentin Tavares said the owner said the valves cost $4,500. No suspects or witnesses. The case was forwarded to detectives.

Officer Melissa Schlitzer reported that eight new Kia Sportage SUVs at Bald Hill Kia had been stripped of their catalytic converters sometime overnight on Aug. 25. He said the converters were unbolted from the vehicles and the bolts left behind. The manager told police the converters cost $550 each. Schlitzer said she got a call later that day from the Kia dealership reporting that two more converters had been discovered missing from two Jeep Patriots on the lot that cost $500 each. Schlitzer said she contacted a Kia dealer in Johnston who told her that 30 converters had been stolen from cars there since 2010 but none recently. The owner of the dealership told Schlitzer the thieves generally scrapped the converters for the valuable rare metals used to make them. The owner told Schlitzer National Grid was doing some work in the area that shut off some of the lighting for the area, which may have provided the thieves with the cover of darkness to allow them to take the converters without being seen. No suspects or witnesses.

The owner of the former Burke-Tarr furniture store on Warwick Avenue told police that vandals had been spray painting the north wall of the building. He told police he noticed the first spraying on Aug. 27 and some newer painting every day since. Officer Quentin Tavares said he left a message for the beat officers to keep an eye on the property overnight. No suspects or witnesses.

A Centerville Road resident told police he discovered the shed behind his house was broken into sometime between Aug. 10 and Aug. 25. The man told Officer Jason Brodeur he went to the shed to get a Playstation that was stored in the shed and noticed that the lock was cut. He said an air compressor worth $150, an $80 power drill, assorted tools worth $40 and the Playstation were missing. There were no suspects or witnesses.
A Strawberryfield Road resident reported that someone entered his car while it was parked overnight on Aug. 25 and stole a gym bag, a wallet with $40 in cash and various cards and a headphone set. He estimated the missing stuff was worth between $200 and $500. No witnesses.
A Tom Tom GPS unit and an EZ pass were reported missing from a car on Parkway Drive on Aug. 20, worth about $169. No witnesses.
A Middletown woman reported that someone went through her car while she was at the Chili’s restaurant on Bald Hill Road on Aug. 15 and stole her purse and a Canon camera worth a total of $175. No witnesses or suspects.
$40 in cash, a wallet and a number of credit and debit cards were stolen from a car on Aldrich Avenue overnight on Aug. 22. No suspects or witnesses.
A $300 iPhone was reported missing by a customer at the Chuck E. Cheese on Bald Hill Road on Aug. 23. The owner told police she used the phone to take some pictures and then placed it on a table at the restaurant. She said she noticed later that the phone was gone and no one at the restaurant reported witnessing the theft.
A Kate Spade purse and an iPhone worth a total of $450 was reported taken from a car parked at the Showcase Cinema at Warwick Mall on Sept. 15. No witnesses.
A Vera Bradley computer bag worth $150 and a Brahmin leather purse worth $350 went missing from a car parked at the Showcase Cinema on Quaker Lane on Aug. 25. No witnesses.
An Armstrong Avenue woman told police she left a jewelry bag containing two charm bracelets and a pair of gold earrings worth $1,500 in her car overnight. The case and a Nintendo DSI worth $150 were taken from her car overnight on Aug. 24. Neighbors reported seeing no suspicious activity

Officer Jason Brodeur said he saw a car operating at a very slow speed in the breakdown lane of Centerville Avenue around 10:25 p.m. on Aug. 26. He said he followed the car and saw it changing lanes without signals traveling east before he pulled it over for making a U-turn and heading west. He said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He said he gave the woman a field sobriety test that was stopped after she said, “I can’t do this sober.” He said he took Tara A. Cannavino, 38, of 148 Bellevue Ave., Warwick, to headquarters, where she refused a breath test. She was charged with DUI, refusal and laned roadway and other violations and later released to a sober adult.


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