DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
On Nov. 30 at approximately 1:41 a.m., Officer Sara Goes was parked at Jiffy Lube on Bald Hill Road facing westbound when she observed a blue GMC Terrain driving north towards East Avenue at a high rate of speed, while swerving to the left and right outside of the solid white and dotted white lines two to three times.
The vehicle continued to accelerate onto the beginning of the I-95 North on-ramp, and Officer Goes clocked the vehicle to be going 100 miles per hour while crossing the dotted white lane lines repeatedly. The vehicle pulled over following Officer Goes activating her lights and siren. She then made contact with the driver, identified as John Rappa, 24, of 31 Ivan St. Apartment #43 in North Providence.
Officer Goes immediately detected a strong odor of alcohol as she approached the Rappa, who said he knew he was going fast but not that he was going 100 miles per hour. Rappa could not provide insurance and handed Officer Goes a receipt instead of his registration. He stated he had consumed a few beers and was coming back from the Bruins game.
Officer Goes then asked Rappa to exit the vehicle and conducted a series of field sobriety tests, which resulted in Rappa being put into handcuffs and brought to Warwick Police Headquarters. In the trunk of the vehicle, which was towed from the scene, there were five empty beer bottles and five unopened beers inside a cooler. At headquarters, Rappa agreed to take a breathalyzer, which revealed a B.A.C. of 0.102.
Rappa was issued a citation for speeding (100 mph in a 55 mph zone) and laned roadway violation with a traffic tribunal court date. He was issued a Third District Court summons for DUI of liquor or drugs, first offense. He was released to a sober adult.
On Nov. 26 at approximately 3:31 p.m., Officers Robert King and Quentin Tavares were dispatched to Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road for the report of a shoplifting in progress. Dispatch explained their was a male in the store taking items from packages and concealing the merchandise within his pocket.
Upon arrival to the loss prevention office, Officer Tavares observed live surveillance footage of a white male, later identified as Frank Strembicki, 49, of 18 Summit Ave. Apartment #1/2 in West Warwick, wearing a leather jacket with a large American flag on the back and a black hat, taking items from packages in the automotive section and placing them within his jacket.
After Strembicki left the store he was stopped by Warwick police, who recovered the merchandise and took him into custody. Strembicki had taken LED automotive light bulbs, an equalizer and four multi-glow LED sticks. He then proceeded to the front of the store, where he selected a package of scented candles and two packs of lighters, which he also removed from the packaging. He passed all points of sale and failed to pay for the merchandise concealed on his person.
The total value of the merchandise equaled $134.44, and Walmart wished to press charges. At Warwick Police Headquarters, Strembicki was fingerprinted, photographed and processed. He was released on a Third District Court Summons for one count of misdemeanor shoplifting.
On Nov. 27 at approximately 3:55 p.m., Officers Quentin Tavares and Javier Cabreja were dispatched to Macy’s at the Warwick Mall for the report of a shoplifting incident. Dispatch explained that two females had shoplifted from the store and were leaving in a vehicle heading towards West Natick Road onto Bald Hill Road. Cabreja was able to locate and stop the vehicle.
The passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Tracie McLain, 23, of 1 Arch St. Apartment #2 in Providence, identified herself as “Jasmin” when asked, but could not provide any identification. She said that she had left the store with items but they had not been stolen. The subjects, one other individual identified as Kerri York, 33, of 935 Pontiac Ave. in Cranston, was detained from the vehicle, were taken back to Macy’s and were positively identified by loss prevention as the suspects who shoplifted.
Loss prevention told officers how the two suspects had been seen on CCTV taking items and concealing them in bags, including a duffel bag concealed under a jacket. They left the store without attempting to pay and fled, dropping the bags of merchandise, when approached by loss prevention officers. A total of $420 in merchandise was attempted to be taken. McLain was found to be using a fake name and had a warrant out for a prior shoplifting. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting, one count of obstruction and one other count of shoplifting from the previous offense.
The driver of the vehicle used to attempt to flee from the store, identified as Justin Barboza, 39, of 447 Mineral Spring Ave. Apartment #3FL in Pawtucket, was found to be operating with a suspended license and thereby had his license suspended and given a summons.