The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
WHERE IS SANTA?
A Covington Drive family is wondering where there Christmas lawn decorations have gone and so are the police. The homeowner told police the decorations were last seen around 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, when she turned the lights for the decorations off. She said she woke around 7 that morning and discovered that a six-foot inflatable Santa, a Santa with a sleigh and a snow globe with a snowman inside were gone. There were other decorations on her lawn but only the three she reported were gone. She said she did not see anyone suspicious people in the area and was not having any problems with neighbors and had no idea who would take them. She said they cost $90, $60 and $100, respectively. No witnesses.
Officer William Castaldi reported a larceny of wheels and tires from vehicles at the Bald Hill Kia dealership on Bald Hill Road on Nov. 26. The service manager at the dealership told Castaldi he came to work that day and found a 2012 Kia Sorento up on blocks and all of its wheels missing. He said the rims were aluminum and cost $393.80 each. He said the tires cost $180 and the total cost of the missing wheels was $2,296. He said the vehicle was intact the last time he saw it, around 5 p.m. two days before. The manager told Castaldi they checked the rest of the inventory and the Sorento was the only one with missing wheels. No suspects or witnesses.
A Bank Street resident called police around 3:40 a.m. on Nov. 25 to report that he had just come out of his house prepared to drive to Logan Airport in Boston to pick up his daughter just minutes before and found the back windshield and two passenger side door windows of his 2010 Jeep Wrangler smashed in. He told Officer Jeffrey Taranto he did hear a loud noise around 10 p.m. but did not look outside because they thought the noise was from a neighbor. The owner estimated it would cost about $600 to replace the glass. No suspects or witnesses.
Officer Quentin Tavares spoke with a Cranston woman on Nov. 26 who told him she was going through the drive-through lane of the McDonald’s in Walmart Plaza between 9:30 and 10 p.m. on Nov. 24. She said her mother was in the car with her and they heard a loud bang but didn’t think much of it at that time, but she did notice a small hole in the passenger door that day and suspected it came from a BB shot. She told Tavares she wanted to press charges against anyone who was found to have hit her car with a BB gun while there were people in it. Pictures were taken of the damage and the case was forwarded to detectives.
A West Warwick woman was arrested at the Kohl’s store at Rhode Island Mall on Nov. 29 after loss prevention there told police she selected about 36 items of children’s clothing from their displays and took them into a fitting room and concealed the clothes in five reusable bags she brought to the store and put them at the bottom of a shopping cart. They said she paid for some items at checkout but not for the goods in the five bags. She was stopped outside and taken back into the store, where they said they recovered $611.19 worth of clothing. Shara J. Mello, 28, of 12 Turner Dr., West Warwick, was later released from headquarters with a summons for District Court.
Officer Jason Cooke arrested two Massachusetts women at Macy’s on Nov. 25 after loss prevention at the store told him they saw the pair take five North Face jackets and “stage” them next to the southwest exit of the store before they put them in a large Macy’s bag and exited the store. He said they were escorted back into the store, where five jackets worth $907 were recovered. Darlene Canales, 46, of 3 Snow Terrrace, and Maria Pires, 43, of 3 Walter Terrace in Somerville, Mass., were charged with shoplifting and held for the bail commissioner and later released on $1,000 each surety bail.
Michael J. Lambert, 37, of 38 Keith Ave., Cranston, was arrested and charged with shoplifting at the Walmart store on Post Road on Nov. 26. Loss prevention told police he took a cell phone and two Lego sets and altered the price tags to reflect a lower price and checking out without paying for an iPhone case he took out of a package and used for his own phone. He was charged with stealing $189.96 from the store and later released with a summons.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported he was on patrol around 8 p.m. on Nov. 25 when he got a tip about a possible drunk driver coming from Cranston into Warwick near West Natick Road and Greenwich Avenue. He said he located the suspect vehicle and followed it as it made its way down Metro Center Boulevard while weaving in and out of lanes and crossing the centerline twice. He said he pulled the car over near 255 Metro Center and asked the driver to get out and take a field sobriety test. He said the driver appeared to be drunk and smelled of alcohol and was actually swaying as he was sitting in the driver’s seat. He said they had to call off the test for fear the driver would fall and get hurt. He said Matthew Willis, 34, of 268 Fruit Hill Ave., North Providence, was taken to headquarters, where he registered a .297 and a .289 blood alcohol content on the breath test. Willis was charged with DUI and laned roadway violations and later released to a sober adult.