Officer Michelle Caron reported going to the Washington Trust Bank on Centreville Road around 10:40 a.m. on Feb. 14 for a disorderly conduct and vandalism complaint. A teller there told Caron a man came in the bank earlier and presented her with a request to exchange some smaller denomination money for larger bills. She said she told him he needed an account at the bank to do that and he got very upset at that rule. She said he made an unpleasant comment and walked away before he violently pushed the front door of the bank on the way out, producing a very loud noise and damaging the door. Caron said she saw where the door was damaged and an employee gave her pictures of the damage and a description of the man, who was in his late 20s or early 30s, 5’10” with short hair and wearing sunglasses. She said the security supervisor for the bank’s various branches was called at her Westerly office, and she told Caron she did want to press charges and that she would drop a copy of the surveillance video off at headquarters within a few days. Caron said the frame of the inside front door was cracked and would not close properly. A shift sergeant arrived to take photos of the damage.
Officer Daniel O’Connell reported that a vacant house was broken into on Vohlander Street and $5,000 worth of pipes and fixtures ripped out of the house. The manager told O’Connell they discovered the break on Feb. 11 and called police to make a report. O’Connell said there were no fresh footprints in the snow, which indicated it was broken into sometime before the snowstorm. O’Connell said they did not locate any other evidence at the scene and forwarded the report to detectives. No suspects or witnesses.
IN AND OUT
According to police, getting arrested for shoplifting at Sears around 4:40 p.m. on the day before Valentine’s Day (Feb. 13) didn’t discourage a Warwick man from trying it again a little later at the Mobil Gas station beside police headquarters after he was released. Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported that loss prevention people at the store turned the suspect over to him and said he saw him grab a 19.2 volt rechargeable drill and a 100-bit set and made no effort to conceal the items as he rushed out of the store. Loss said they chased him and held him for police. They said they also found three MP3 players and four pairs of headphones on the suspect that belonged to the store and told DiNardo the goods were worth a total of $269.95. They also found a pair of wire cutters in the suspect’s pocket that was used to remove security devices from the goods. Jason Gadreault, 19, of 12 Burton St., Warwick, was charged with shoplifting and released from headquarters with a summons.
Officer Quentin Tavares reported he was dispatched to the Mobil Mart on Veterans Memorial Dr. around 7:55 p.m. for a shoplifting in progress. A clerk at the store told police there was a man in the store who was selecting items for the shelves and concealing them under his jacket. Tavares said they were waiting for the man when he came out of the store and he threw a box of Milky Way candy bars at him and attempted to flee. He was quickly caught and brought to the ground, where more stuff was recovered. Tavares reported that 21 Milky Ways, seven bags of Skittles, Twizzlers or Reese’s candy and four Trojan Magnum condoms worth a total of $66.18 were recovered from Gadreault. He was taken to headquarters and held for the next session of District Court.
Alyssa L. Ellingwood, 25, of 57 Surrey Lane, West Warwick, was charged with shoplifting on Feb. 12 after loss prevention at the Walmart store on Bald Hill Road told police they saw her select a number of items and conceal them in her purse before leaving the store without paying for them. Loss prevention told police she had a bra, four shirts and a pair of jeans in her purse when they took her to the security office to wait for police. Officer Erin Calahan said she was already on probation for shoplifting in Coventry and Warwick last year but was released with a summons because she was reportedly five months pregnant. Her probation officer was notified of the arrest.
Officer Daniel DiMaio reported tracing a plate number to a Jefferson Avenue address to locate a suspect in a shoplifting case at the Sunoco station at 2003 Post Rd. around 10:15 p.m. on Feb. 9. DiMaio said the clerks at the convenience store told him they started watching a woman who came in the store they thought was acting suspiciously. They told police they watched the woman take bags of snacks and ice cream and hide the items in her bag. They said they confronted her outside, where she denied taking the goods and then bolted into a car driven by a male. DiMaio said he traced the plate to 597 Buttonwoods Ave. and learned that the grandson of the owner was using the car. He said he went to the grandson’s apartment at 661 Jefferson Blvd., where the grandson admitted he gave the woman a ride to the mini-mart and he believed she did steal something from the store but she had left the area and that she was homeless and hung around a local bar.
In the meantime, DiMaio said he found that the grandson’s roommate had been mentioned in two recent incidents in the city and that the woman with him at those times matched the description of the suspect at the Sunoco station. DiMaio said he went back to 661 Jefferson and that both men conceded that it was the roommate’s female friend, Sandra L. Beaman, 31, of 24 Bushee St., Attleboro, Mass. Di Maio said Beaman came out of another room and surrendered to DiMaio. She was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons.
A Warwick man was arrested at the Target store at Warwick Mall on Feb. 13 and charged with shoplifting after loss prevention personnel told Officer William Castaldi they saw the man take four Wii game controllers from the electronics department and conceal them in his sweatshirt before leaving the store without paying for them. Castaldi said he searched the suspect prior to taking him to headquarters and found a receipt from a nearby Game Stop store that apparently gave him $34 in cash for Wii controllers. Castaldi said he surmised that the suspect was shoplifting Wii remotes and selling them to other stores. Nicholas F. Sammartino, 24, of 2 Nanci Karen Dr., was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons.
Officer Tomas Bogusz reported a breaking and entering at the Workout World gym at 3030 West Shore Rd. on Feb. 10. He said he was dispatched to the gym around 8 a.m. and found the front glass window and the glass front door had been smashed and it was obvious that someone had been inside the building but the manager said he did an inventory and couldn’t find anything missing from the building. Detectives came to process the scene.