CATALYCTIC CONVERTER THEFTS
At 7:51 a.m., Oct. 31, Warwick Police Officer Evan E. Johnson, responded to an Easton Avenue address to take a report of a catalytic converter theft. Upon arrival, he …
CATALYCTIC CONVERTER THEFTS
At 7:51 a.m., Oct. 31, Warwick Police Officer Evan E. Johnson, responded to an Easton Avenue address to take a report of a catalytic converter theft. Upon arrival, he made contact with the owner of a 2005 silver Hyundai Sonata, which was parked behind a Partition Street home.
The converter was likely stolen overnight. The vehicle’s owner told police he would like to pursue charges if a suspect was found. The report was forwarded to Warwick Police Detectives.
Later that same morning, at 9:15 a.m., Oct. 31, Warwick Police Officer Ryan M. McGarry responded to a Church Avenue address for another catalytic converter theft report.
The victim showed police the undercarriage of her 2008 Honda CR-V. A witness saw a suspect parked next to the victim’s vehicle around 12:30 a.m. early that morning. Police are investigating.
Around 9:59 p.m., Oct. 29, Warwick Police Officer Connor R. Bemis was traveling east on East Avenue near Bald Hill Road when he spotted a red Dodge 1500 with Virginia plates in front of him.
The vehicle had a “fully broken driver side stop lamp,” “heavy damage around the area of the driver side stop lamp,” and the vehicle’s registration plate was swinging up and down as the vehicle drove down the road.
Bemis checked with dispatch, and confirmed with the Virginia DMV that the plates were expired. He initiated a traffic stop.
Police identified the driver as Thad Carman III, 30, of 2071 New London Turnpike, Coventry.
Carman allegedly told police that he didn’t have a driver’s license, but police were able to confirm his identity via DMV and mug shot checks.
“As I spoke with Carman, I observed shotgun shells in plain view on the passenger side floor board,” Bemis wrote in the arrest report. “I also observed a black firearm case behind Carman. Carman had not advised me at this point that he had any firearms inside the vehicle. Carman advised me at this time that he was ‘moving a shotgun’ (from Virginia).”
He allegedly told police he was at a birthday party in Warwick.
“Carman did advise me he did not have a permit or a license to carry firearms, and he was previously arrested for carrying a pistol without a license,” Bemis wrote. “Carman appeared very nervous at this time, and proceeded to look towards his feet several times as I waited for additional units to respond to the scene.”
More police arrived on-scene.
Bemis asked Carman to exit the vehicle, when he allegedly spotted a black pistol barrel in plain view, “sticking out from under the driver seat.”
Carman was “immediately detained in hand restraints” and read his Miranda rights.
“I then proceeded to ask Carman if he knew about a firearm being located under his driver seat unsecured,” Bemis wrote. “Carman then stated he had a ‘pistol’ under the seat that he ‘forgot about.’ Carman stated it was ‘his uncle’s.’”
Police seized a black 0.22 caliber Hi-Standard pistol, with a round in the chamber and nine rounds in the magazine. Police also seized the shotgun — a brown Remington — behind Carman’s driver’s seat.
An additional firearm was also found under the driver’s seat, but it was determined to be an antique black powder pistol.
Carman was transported to Warwick Police Headquarters. He was charged with Carrying a Pistol or Revolver Without a License and Driving with Expired License or Without License (third or subsequent offense; a misdemeanor). He also received citations for Stop Lamps Required, Driving with Expired Registration, and Display of Registration Plates.
Around 12:44 a.m., Oct. 18, Warwick Police were dispatched to the Cranston Police Department to pick up a woman identified as Debra Tereshka, 56, of 46 Scenery Lane, Johnston, who was wanted out of the Warwick Police Department for a misdemeanor Willful Trespass warrant.
Tereshka was held overnight for court in the morning on Oct. 19.
On Oct. 19, Warwick Police Officer Brian J. Holleran was assigned to transport Tereshka to Third District Kent County Court. During her arrest, police say that Tereshka had a black purse containing various items and a blue transparent container.
“Upon arrival (at) the courthouse, the Rhode Island Sheriffs Department began to in-process Tereshka and located a clear plastic baggie of green-leafy material and clear plastic baggie of white and gray organic material inside her black purse in which multiple cards with (her name) on them were located next to.”
The sergeant in charge told police to take the “prohibited items” out of the building once Tereshka was accepted into their custody. Holleran collected the items, believed to be marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms (psilocybin), and return them to the Warwick Police Headquarters where they were entered into evidence, according to the arrest report.
Police did not say if they planned to charge Tereshka for possession of the suspected “prohibited items.”
The original trespass warrant stemmed from an incident on Oct. 10 at Walmart, 650 Bald Hill Road. Warwick Police were called to the store around 6:44 p.m., when Tereshka allegedly entered the store to make a return, but had an active No Trespass Order from the store.
Store associates told police that they wished to pursue Willful Trespass charges against Tereshka.
“It should be noted that (a store associate) stated that the return that Tereshka initiated in the store was possibly fraudulent in nature,” Warwick Police Officer Charles M. Walker wrote in the arrest report. “(The store’s loss prevention associate) stated that he will follow up with more information the next day.”
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