Warwick Police Log


The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.

A Tiverton man was charged with stealing over $400 worth of groceries from the Stop & Shop on Greenwich Avenue on Dec. 7. Officer Joseph Petrarca reported he was on patrol when he saw some store employees yelling in his direction and indicating a man standing beside a car in the parking lot. He said he approached the man and saw a shopping cart full of bulky items beside the car. The store manager approached and told Petrarca he saw the man walk out of the store without stopping to pay for the stuff in the cart and was following him when they saw Petrarca and hailed him. Petrarca said there were a number of large packages of detergent and paper towels in the car and more of the same in the trunk of the car. A Keurig coffee maker was in the cart that turned out to be from another store. He said they found several outstanding warrants for the suspect. He said the suspect told him that he took the coffee maker from the Stop & Shop on Branch Avenue in Providence that morning. He said the total amount of products recovered that were from the Greenwich Avenue store came to $441.41. The coffee maker was priced at $119.99. Jason Richard Murphy, 39, of 1 Mill St. in Tiverton was charged with shoplifting and receiving stolen goods and the three outstanding warrants.
Officer Tomas Bogusz reported he was on patrol around 1:40 p.m. on Dec. 10 when he and other officers were dispatched to the area of Route 295 for a shoplifting suspect who was fleeing from the area of Kohl’s store in the Rhode Island Mall. He said he and another officer found the suspect in a wooded area near 295 south and ordered him to the ground. He said they arrested the suspect and then called Rescue because the suspect was soaking wet from a jump into the Pawtuxet in his attempt to elude his pursuers. Jason Merritt Rave, 26, of 135 Hawksley Ave. in Warwick was taken to Kent Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and later release to police and taken back to headquarters for processing and then held for the next session of District Court.
Officer Jacob Elderkin took a shoplifting suspect into custody at the Target store in the Warwick Mall on Bald Hill Road on Dec. 10. He said he arrived and found another officer already had the suspect in custody so Elderkin took information from the owner of the Diamond Legends who said he saw the suspect take a New York Yankees jacket and walk out of the store without paying for it. He said he started following the suspect and when the suspect realized he was being followed, he started to run as the owner was calling Mall security and was caught and pinned against the wall outside the Target store by another officer. Jason Furia, 34, of 19 Karen Ann Dr. in Smithfield was charged with stealing the $150 jacket and later released with a summons.
A Woonsocket woman was charged with stealing a $73 bottle of Acqua Di Gio cologne from the JC Penney store in the Warwick Mall on Dec. 10. Loss prevention at the store told police the suspect took several bottles from the display and then went into the bathroom and removed one of the bottles from the packaging and placed it in a bag before going out and putting the others back on the display before walking out of the store. Officer Jedidiah Pineau said she was brought back inside the store and denied that she took the cologne but after he called to have a female officer come to search her after the store said they had her on tape and played it for them. He said she admitted she had it before the female officer arrived and pulled the bottle from her bra and gave it back. Jennifer L. Bell, 38, of 19 Hamlet Ave. was taken to headquarters and charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons.
Officer Julio Benros said he was dispatched to the ocean State Job Lot on West Shore Road around 2:50 p.m. on Dec. 11 for a shoplifting suspect being detained there after a struggle with store security. He said Trisha M. Richard, 28, of 20 Wilcox St. in Warwick was charged with shoplifting and being a habitual offender and then transported to the ACI for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for an assault charge.
Officer Theodore Bulis reported he was dispatched to TJ Maxx on Bald Hill Road on Dec. 12 for a suspect in custody charged with stealing two pairs of shoes a pair from Nine West worth $149 and a pair of Kate Spade’s priced at $99.99. Security at the store told Bulis they were familiar with the suspect and that she had stolen from them before. This time, they gave Bulis a DVD of the incident and Sthefanie E. Abreu, 32, of 73 Pleasant St. in Providence was charged with shoplifting and later released with a summons.

Officer Nicholas DiNardo reported that a wallet had been returned to its owner on Dec. 12 after having been found near the Stop & Shop earlier that day. He said he got a call from the 18-year-old who owned the wallet and then learned from the boy that, when he got the wallet returned he learned that an ATM card and a credit card were missing from it, as well as $10 in cash. There were no witnesses or suspects in the theft. DiNardo said an employee found the wallet on a bush near the store.

Officer John Larivee reported he was on patrol around 11:20 p.m. on Dec. 3 when he clocked a car doing 57 mph on Greenwich Avenue as it was changing lanes randomly and cross the double yellow line, almost hitting Larivee’s cruiser. He said he pulled the car over on East Avenue and noticed that the driver appeared to be under the influence and smelled of alcohol. He said there was also some vomit on the door of the car and the driver claimed he didn’t know what it was. He said he conducted a field sobriety test on the driver and he failed it.
He said the driver admitted to him that he had a few drinks and about something called, “Irish Car Bombs?” Larivee said the driver was very cooperative said he was never stopped before and that this was a “lapse in judgment.” Robert Francis Jr., 34, of 5 Brookfield Rd. in East Providence was taken to headquarters where he took a breath test. Larivee said he blew a .118 and a .121 blood alcohol content on the test. He was charged with DUI, speeding and laned roadway violations and later released to a sober adult.


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