Police Log - 07/04/19

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FRAUD

Just after 10:30 a.m. on June 21, Officer Gregory C. Accinno responded to Balise of Warwick at 1400 Post Road for a report of a fraudulent check.

At the scene, a service manager at Balise told Accinno that a man had brought his 2018 Toyota RAV4 in for work on May 1. The cost of the service to the vehicle was $273.63, and the man returned to Balise on May 19 with a personal check in that amount.

On May 21, the check was returned to the service manager with “closed account” listed as the return reason. On June 6, Balise sent a bill to the mailing address on file with its service department. No payment had been received as of June 21, and Balise wished to pursue charges.

Accinno reports that multiple attempts to contact the subject in question were unsuccessful. A warrant was subsequently issued for the man’s arrest on a charge of passing fraudulent checks.

On June 25, officer John P. McKinnon Jeremy Smith responded to the Fourth Division District Court complex in North Kingstown to take custody of Ronald J. Jewett, 49, 33 Fieldstone Way, Westerly, on the warrant.

Jewett was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing and later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

LARCENY

On June 20 at approximately 6:11 p.m., Officer Maxwell A. Neiley responded to the lobby of Warwick Police headquarters for a report of a stolen horse trailer.

The reporting party told Neiley that the 40-foot trailer has been taken from its location on Strawberry Field Road sometime between June 13 and June 18. No surveillance video was available, but the reporting party was able to provide a vehicle identification number.

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Shortly before 8 a.m. on June 24, Officer Daniel J. O’Connell responded to a Pine Street home for a report of larceny. At the scene, the reporting party – a contractor performing work at the residence – said six pieces of pressure-treated wood had been delivered to the location on June 21. The delivery company confirmed the drop-off, but when the reporting party arrived at the scene, the wood – with a total value of $72 – was gone. No suspects were immediately identified.

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At 8:50 a.m. on June 29, Officer Jamey A. Petit responded to an Anthony Avenue home for a report of damage to a mailbox.

The reporting party told Petit that several minutes early, she had discovered her plastic mailbox on the ground in the driveway with mail strewn around. Petit reports that the mailbox “appeared to have been ripped off its post.”

The reporting party also told Petit that her vehicle appeared to have been rummaged through overnight, although nothing was missing.

While the officer was speaking with the reporting party, another resident of the area reported her vehicle had also been rummaged through overnight. Approximately $5 in change was missing.

The matter was forwarded to detective.

SCAM

On June 29 at 2 p.m., Sgt. Joshua P. Myer responded to the lobby of Warwick Police headquarters to speak with a reporting party about an online scam.

The reporting party told Myer that she received an email regarding a “mystery shopping job opportunity” and applied for the position, providing her name, phone number, email and home address. She accepted the position, communicating with the email’s sender by text message and email.

“After she accepted, they sent her assignments where they needed her to purchase gift cards and sent her checks valued at $900, $2,250 and $2,250,” according to Myer’s report. “She stated she did not do anything with the checks because she realized quickly that this was a scam.”

The reporting party was advised to monitor her credit report and to block the number of the person with whom she had exchanged text messages.

SHOPLIFTING

On June 26 at approximately 2:21 p.m., Officer Oliver M. Pinheiro responded to the Shaw’s supermarket at 320 Warwick Ave. for a report of a shoplifting suspect in custody.

At the scene, a loss prevention office from the store told Pinheiro that the man in custody had been observed selecting packages of meat and assorted other items – with a combined value of $74.46 – before proceeding past all points of purchase.

Steven Michael Correa, 59, 1312 Eddy St., Apt. 1, Providence, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

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