RECEIVING STOLEN GOODS
Officer Kyle J. Fitzsimmons was on patrol on Post Road near Ann & Hope the evening of Jan. 30 when he observed a car traveling in front of him, whose plate was listed as stolen out of the Providence Police Department.
Fitzsimmons conducted a traffic stop in the area of 1759 Post Road and requested a second unit to the scene. Fitzsimmons spoke with the operator – Victoria Bautista, 20, 48 Pekin St. Providence – who said she bought the vehicle via the Offer Up app about a month ago. Fitzsimmons said Bautista could neither provide the name of the seller nor the bill of sale.
Bautista told Fitzsimmons that, when she bought the vehicle, the seller provided her with the registration plates. Fitzsimmons said she told him that she was attempting to get the vehicle actively registered in her name. According to Fitzsimmons, Bautista was not aware the registration affixed to the vehicle was currently stolen. While Bautista provided the title to the vehicle, she was not able to give her driver’s license as she doesn't have one.
Fitzsimmons received confirmation that the plates were still outstanding, after which time Bautista was arrested. Fitzsimmons noted that, because Bautista was pregnant, she was placed in handcuffs from the front.
Fitzsimmons said cross agency checks determined Bautista had been stopped recently in the same vehicle, with a different registration plate affixed, confirming that she was not given the registration plates at the time of purchase.
Bautista was charged with one count of receiving stolen goods and one count of driving on a suspended license, second offense. Bautista was issued a Third Division District Court date of Feb. 11.
Officer Michael C. Bailey was on patrol the evening of Jan. 30 when he observed an operator traveling southbound on Warwick Avenue without a seatbelt.
Bailey conducted a traffic stop at West Shore Road and Warwick Avenue and approached the operator, before identifying his passenger as Nicole Marie Dimeo, 34, 1175 Elmwood Ave., Providence. After running checks on both subjects, Bailey confirmed that Dimeo had an active Superior Court bench warrant for failure to appear.
Dimeo was transported to Warwick Police headquarters, before being processed and taken to the ACI to await court the next morning.
Officer Tyler M. Stone was on patrol on Toll Gate Road the evening of Jan. 30 when he was behind a vehicle whose registration had been suspended, eventually conducting a motor vehicle stop on Emily Lane.
Stone spoke with the operator, identified as Jose Daluz, 50, 158 Lynch St., Providence, and later determined through a RILETS check that his license had been suspended to a DUI of liquor or drugs suspension on Dec. 9, 2019.
Daluz was placed under arrest. Stone noted that Daluz complained the handcuffs were too tight, but it was confirmed that they were on appropriately and not constricting his wrists in any way. Daluz was charged with one count of driving with an invalid license, certain violation, first offense.
Daluz was issued a Third Division District Court summons and e-citation for the license violation. He was also issued a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal citation for display of plates and no insurance and operating on a suspended registration.
Officer Kyle J. Fitzsimmons was on a fixed traffic post at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Leon E. Whipple Road the morning of Feb. 4 when he observed a vehicle pass through a stop sign without coming to a complete stop.
Fitzsimmons conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 576 Commonwealth Ave. and made contact with the operator, Luis R. Sierra Rivera, 55, 408 Cranston St., Providence. Fitzsimmons said that, while there was a language barrier, Sierra Rivera was able to provide a state identification card and said he did not have license to operate a motor vehicle in Rhode Island or any state.
Fitzsimmons said a check of his name and date of birth confirmed as much, but the officer was advised that Sierra Rivera had no prior convictions for driving without a license in Rhode Island. He was issued citations for a stop sign violation and operating a motor vehicle without first obtaining a license.
Officer Oliver M. Pinheiro was on patrol on West Shore Road the early morning of Feb. 2 when he witnessed a vehicle operating in both lanes of travel
Pinheiro conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the operator, Jamal G. Martey, 21, 131 Pavilion Ave., Providence. Pinheiro said he asked Martey if there was a reason he was operating in both lanes of travel, to which Martey attributed his power steering. While speaking with Martey, Pinheiro said he smelled an overwhelming acrid odor of fresh, unburnt marijuana emanating from the vehicle as Martey provided his license and proof of registration.
Pinheiro said that, while looking into the vehicle, he observed a “rolled marijuana blunt” in the cup holder of the center console, as well as remnants of marijuana scattered on the passenger side floor and seat. Martey was asked if he had an active Rhode Island medical marijuana card, after which he provided Pinheiro with a card that state “NuggMD, Medical Cannabis Card, California.”
Pinheiro said Martey told him that he went to school in California after being asked if he ever lived in the state. Pinheiro then asked which school, which he said was met with Martey saying, “Ummmm” and taking a long pause before stating he has never lived in California and been in Rhode Island his entire life.
While speaking to Martey, Pinheiro said he observed what appeared to be marijuana in a clear plastic bag in the driver side door. Pinheiro said Martey told him there was approximately 7 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.
Martey was asked to step out of the vehicle and a search was conducted. Pinheiro said the search revealed three clear plastic baggies that contained what appeared to be marijuana as well as a “rolled marijuana blunt” in the area of the center console. Pinheiro said Martey told him, “That is the only weed in the car.” The evidence was field tested positive and revealed there was 15.4 grams of marijuana.
Martey was cited for possession of marijuana, one ounce or less, and a laned roadway violation. He has two separate court dates set for Feb. 12 and 14.