The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
A Providence man was charged with embezzlement on Feb. 15 after a loss prevention agent at the Wal-Mart store on Post Road showed Officer Terrence McMullin video of the Wal-Mart employee taking items from the back room and concealing them in his jacket. The agent said he had video from Feb. 10 and 11 of the man taking Nexus tablets worth $249 each and that he took a third tablet that day and concealed it in his jacket, except that this time he was confronted and the tablet was recovered, along with two Sony Cybershot cameras worth $99 each. Keaton Thomas, 20, of 6 Whalen Rd. was taken to headquarters where he was charged with embezzlement and later released with a summons for District Court.
Three Cranston residents were charged with shoplifting at the Wal-Mart store on Post Road on Feb. 19. Officer John Curley reported he and another officer were dispatched to the store for a shoplifting in progress around 8:30 p.m. Dispatch said the three men were walking around the store, all with backpacks, taking items from the shelves and concealing them in their backpacks. Curley said he and another officer covered the exits as the three were coming out of the store without stopping to pay for any of the concealed goods and arrested them. Zachary C. Powell, 18, of 1150 Narragansett Blvd., was charged with stealing glue, torx wrenches and inner tubes worth a total of $41.82; Alexander E. Palmer, of the same address, was charged with taking $25.62 worth of cookies, gum and snacks; and Steven A. Cornish, 18, of the same address, was charged with taking various items, including food, DVDs, slippers and a candle worth $100.98. They were all taken to headquarters, processed and released with summonses for District Court.
Rosa M. De Vicente, 53, of 6 Phenix Ave. in West Warwick was charged with stealing $168.39 worth of merchandise from the Target store in the Warwick Mall on Feb. 19. Officer William Castaldi said loss prevention at the store told him they saw the suspect walking through the store, selecting items and concealing them in Target and Macy’s shopping bags. A loss prevention agent told Castaldi he waited until the suspect passed all points of purchase without paying and then escorted her back inside the store. Forty-six of the items were from Target but Castaldi said she had other merchandise from Macy’s that she had no receipts for and he attempted to have Macy’s loss prevention come and look at the stuff but no one was available at the time. He said De Vicente was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons and that he would be bringing the Macy’s goods back to them later.
Officer Gilda Fortier reported she was dispatched to the Sears store in the Rhode Island Mall around 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 17 for a shoplifting suspect in custody. A loss prevention agent told her he saw the suspect come into the store and begin to “case” the store before he picked up a jewelry box set and took it into the shoe department and concealed it in his pocket. The agent said he stopped him as he was going out the door and the suspect admitted he stole the box and handed it over. Fortier said she later learned that Bruce R. Authelet, 42, had a previous conviction for shoplifting and that the $126.99 price tag on the jewelry box made it a felony shoplifting charge. She also learned he was on probation and he was held for the bail commissioner.
LOST AND FOUND
Officer John Zaborski reported that a 2007 Honda CRV went missing from a driveway on Namquid Drive on Feb. 16. The owner told Zaborski she parked the vehicle in her driveway the night before and was missing that morning. The woman said she was not sure if a set of keys had been left in the car but she did give Zaborski a list of personal and professional property that was left in the vehicle worth almost $2,000. Officer Nadine Pallini reported she got a call about an abandoned vehicle on Falcon Avenue around 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19. Witnesses said the SUV had been there for about four days. She said she ran the plate and learned it was the missing Honda. She said the ignition appeared to be undamaged and there was a set of keys on the passenger seat. She said she delivered the keys to the car to the owner at her place of business after detectives said the time frame and the rain that occurred made it unlikely they could find any usable evidence. Pallini said she asked the owner to let her know if anything was missing when she went to get the car. No suspects or witnesses.
DUI AND REFUSAL
Officer John Curley reported stopping an erratically operated car on Post Road near Elmwood Avenue around 8 p.m. Feb. 1. He said the car drifted over the double yellow lines several times and was suddenly accelerating and slowing down alternately before he stopped it on Elm Street. He said the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared to be under the influence and mumbled when he said he had about five beers. He said the driver told him his footwear was inhibiting his ability to do the field sobriety test but declined the option of taking off his shoes and then decided he was not going to finish the test in his present footwear. He said he also declined to take a portable breath test and was taken to headquarters where he refused a breath test. Thomas E. Giddings, 42, of 42 Surf Ave. in Warwick was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Sgt. John Choquette reported he was on patrol around 1:30 a.m. when he saw a car heading north on Post Road with no headlights on. He said he turned around and caught up with the car and observed it swerve into the curb twice, blowing out both tires on that side of the car at Pond Plaza. He said he pulled the car into the Hess station and questioned the driver. He said the driver smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to be drunk. He said the driver walked with an unsteady gait and held onto the car for balance. He said the man stopped the test before he finished the walk and turn portion and said he would not continue and started hopping on one leg. Choquette said he failed the test and he arrested the driver on suspicion of drunk driving. Andrew J. Neil, 28, of 265 Adams St. in Warwick was charged with DUI and refusal after he refused a breath test at headquarters. He was later released to a sober adult.