Police Log



A Harrington Avenue homeowner told Officer Eric Lima he went on vacation on Sept. 17 and returned on Sept. 30 to find that someone had taken the patio table and four chairs from his yard. He added that a side and an umbrella stone were also taken. He said they were all painted green metal and were worth around $200. No suspects or witnesses.


A Vermont man came into headquarters on Oct. 7 to complain that someone stole the front and rear license plates off his 2004 Mazda while he was staying at the NYLO hotel. He said he returned to the hotel that day and found that the plates were missing. The vanity plates from Vermont spelled “CSHMNY” and were on the car when he parked overnight at the hotel, according to the owner. No suspects or witnesses.


A resident of Glenco Road told police he returned to his car on Oct. 8 and found that his wallet was still in the car but the $15 or $20 in cash was gone, along with his cell phone and his car charger for the phone, worth about $300, were gone. He said he suspected his driver’s license was taken as well because he had been unable to find it since.

A resident of the Cowesett Hills Apartment complex reported she found the driver’s side window on her car was smashed and a tan purse with a jeweled silver handle was missing. She said the purse cost $200 and there was around $150 cash in it, along with some documents from banks and lawyers.


Two Connecticut women were arrested at Macy’s in Warwick Mall on Sept. 30 after loss prevention at the store told police they watched them stealing merchandise and then presenting it to the service desk as returns and collecting cash or credit. Officer Robert Gauvin said the two women told him they drove to Macy’s from Connecticut with a man they both referred to as “Sir Terrance Brown,” who paid them for making returns of their shoplifted goods and collecting money for him. Gauvin said one woman got $40 for a $299 luxury sheet set she returned for Brown. Gauvin said he provided the fake identification she needed to make the returns. Gauvin said both women identified Brown as the man they were working for but Brown was not arrested with the women. Nzingha T. Bogle, 24, of 22 Glenwood Ave., Bloomfield, and Bria C. Miller, 20, of 676 Garden St., Hartford, were charged with shoplifting and fraud after loss prevention told Gauvin they had the women doing it on camera. They were also charged with obstructing an officer after the identification they presented to Gauvin turned out to be fake. “Sir Terrance,” also of Connecticut, presumably remains at large.


Officer Daniel DiMaio reported he got a call about a suspect who was being “pinned down” at the scene of a larceny from a car on Waco Road around 3:45 a.m. on Oct. 3. He said he arrived to find a homeowner who caught the suspect inside his car was still holding down the suspect. DiMaio said he put handcuffs on the suspect and put him in the back of his cruiser.

The homeowner told DiMaio he was awakened by his wife around 3:30 when she saw a flashlight or cell phone outside and saw someone enter their car. Her husband ran outside and grabbed the suspect as he attempted to flee and pinned him down in the driveway. The husband told DiMaio the suspect told him he would never come back if he just let him go, but he refused to let him go.

DiMaio said he found a backpack with a small quantity of marijuana and $9.42 in assorted change the suspect admitted he took from other cars earlier. Jacob Ray, 19, of 60 Torrington Dr., Warwick, was charged with larceny and possession of marijuana and later released with a summons for District Court.


Officer Javier Cabreja reported he was dispatched to a home on Diamond Hill Road around 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 5 for a hit-and-run with property damage. The owner of the home told Cabreja he heard a loud crashing noise around 3:10 a.m. and went out to see what happened. He said he found the picket fence was badly damaged and the lawn was torn up in his yard. He said he found a cobblestone border was loosened and there was a car headlight assembly on the ground. The owner told Cabreja he didn’t see the vehicle that hit his fence because it left so quickly. He estimated that the fence and lawn damage would cost $300 and $100, respectively. Cabreja said he collected the headlight assembly and tagged it as evidence and submitted it to BCI for identification. The report was forwarded to detectives.


A West Warwick woman was charged with shoplifting at the Walmart store on Bald Hill Road on Oct. 1. Loss prevention told police they started watching her when they saw her looking nervously up at video cameras in the store as she selected a number of bras and makeup products before she left the store without paying for them and fled in a Volvo station wagon. The plate number of the Volvo led police to Meghan C. Gagnon, 22, of 21 Urqhart St. He said Gagnon claimed she was having an anxiety attack and that was why she did not stop for loss prevention when she was leaving the store and also admitted she made a mistake in taking the box of condoms and eye makeup without paying for it. She was later released with a summons.

Brian E. Smith, 34, of 19 McNiff St., West Warwick, was charged with shoplifting at the same Walmart on Sept. 27. Loss prevention told police they had video of Smith taking a number of DVDs and concealing them in a large newspaper before leaving the store without paying. He was later released with a summons.

Nora Ihrig, 26, of 28 Florida Ave., Coventry, was charged with shoplifting at Macy’s on Sept. 27 after loss prevention told police they saw her conceal $163 worth of boys clothing in a stroller and leave the store without paying for the clothes. Officer Eric Lima reported that she was warned that she would be arrested for trespassing if she came back to the store.

Lily S. Chey, 18, of 867 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, was charged with stealing 14 items of makeup worth $85.87 from the Walmart on Bald Hill Road on Sept. 28. Loss prevention told police they recovered the goods when they stopped her outside the store for not paying for the concealed goods. She was later released with a summons.


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