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Warwick Police Log 02/11/21

Posted 2/11/21

STOLEN VEHICLE Just after 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, Officer Rahja Laster responded to a Pettaconsett Avenue home for a report of a vehicle theft in progress. Dispatch advised that the reporting party left her vehicle running in the driveway and had just seen

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Warwick Police Log 02/11/21

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STOLEN VEHICLE

Just after 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, Officer Rahja Laster responded to a Pettaconsett Avenue home for a report of a vehicle theft in progress. Dispatch advised that the reporting party left her vehicle running in the driveway and had just seen it drive away.

At the scene, the reporting party said her boyfriend had gone outside to warm up the car – described as a 2017 Honda Civic – and then returned inside for roughly five minutes. As he left the home to return to the vehicle, he saw it driving away.

The matter was documented, and the vehicle was entered into records as stolen.

 

SHOPLIFTING

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2020, Officer Matthew Caradimos responded to Haxton’s Liquors at 1123 Bald Hill Road regarding a shoplifting incident.

At the scene, an employee at the store told Caradimos he had discovered an empty bottle of Patron tequila on the store’s shelves during an inventory on Sept. 18. The employee “found this to be unusual as the bottle is sold in a box,” the officer reports, and

The employee said a subsequent check of security camera footage revealed a shoplifting incident. The footage showed a woman entering the store and heading to the tequila aisle at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 18. She then selected two bottles of tequila – one Patron, one Don Julio – and moved to the back of the store, where she placed the bottles in her pocketbook.

The woman then exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the bottles, which had a combined value of nearly $96. Security camera footage showed her entering a black Toyota RAV4 before leaving the property.

Through a subsequent review of the security camera footage, and with the use of vehicle registration and driver’s license records, Caradimos was able to identify the woman who took the bottles from the store. A warrant was issued for the woman’s arrest on a charge of shoplifting.

At approximately 1:18 a.m. on Jan. 29, Officer Michael Rocchio responded to the Rhode Island State Police barracks in Lincoln to take custody of Kayla M. Lavery, 31, 302 Kenyon Ave., Pawtucket, on the warrant. She was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing and later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. ***

At approximately 3:40 p.m. on Jan. 28, Officer Keara Enos responded to D &L Billiards at 654 Warwick Ave. for a report of a theft in progress. Dispatch advised that two suspects had fled the scene in a black SUV.

At the scene, an employee told Enos that a man and woman had entered the store around 3:30 p.m. and expressed interest in purchasing pool cues. The employee helped the man select two cues, and when she went to get a bag to put the items in, the man and woman fled the store without paying.

Enos observed security camera footage from the store and confirmed the events as described. In addition to the pool cues – valued at $799 and $899, respectively – the woman was observed taking a box of pool balls, valued at $199, before fleeing the store.

The matter was forwarded to detectives.

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At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, Officer Brian Holleran responded to the Macy’s store at the Warwick Mall for a report of a female shoplifting suspect in the custody of asset protection personnel.

At the scene, an asset protection detective told Holleran that the woman had been observed selecting clothing items from the men’s section before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay. At that point, she was met by the store employee and escorted back inside. The clothing items, with a combined value of roughly $100, were recovered.

Joy K. Cole, 54, 340 North Broadway, East Providence, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. ***

At approximately 2 p.m. on Feb. 2, Officer Steven Moretti responded to the JCPenney store at the Warwick Mall for a report of shoplifting. Dispatch then advised a female suspect was in the custody of loss prevention personnel.

At the scene, a loss prevention officer told Moretti that the woman had been observed selecting a child’s jacket from a hanger, placing it under her arm and exiting the store without making any attempt to pay for the item. At that point, she was met by employees and escorted back inside.

In addition to the jacket, valued at $80, the woman was found to be in possession of two pairs of children’s sneakers with a combined value of $135. All of the items were recovered.

Desiree K. Pope, 44, 259 Thurbers Ave., Apt. D, Providence, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. ***

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, Officer Ryan Costa responded to the Macy’s store at the Warwick Mall for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress.

At the scene, an asset protection detective advised Costa that a male suspect had been observed selecting two handbags with a combined valued of nearly $200 and exiting the store without making any attempt to pay. At that point, the suspect – who had been recognized from prior shoplifting attempts – was met by employees. He is said to have come back inside the store and returned the handbags before leaving again, entering a late 2000s Chrysler minivan and departing the area headed south of Greenwich Avenue.

The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

***

At approximately 3:40 p.m. on Feb. 3, Officer Rahja Laster responder to the Walmart at 840 Post Road for a report of shoplifting. Dispatch then advised a female suspect was in the custody of loss prevention personnel.

At the scene, a store employee told Laster that the suspect had been observed failing to scan several items while using a self-checkout line. The employee said the “self checkout hosts had approached [the woman] on numerous occasions, informing her to scan all of her items,” but she “continued with her transaction and failed to scan all of her items, such as hardware merchandise, a toothbrush, and miscellaneous clothing and food.”

According to the employee, the woman then exited the store without paying for the items that had not been scanned. At that point, she was escorted to the loss prevention office. The various items had a combined value of nearly $200.

Maciel Ortiz, 34, 369 Cahill St., Apt. 1, Providence, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

 

LARCENY

At approximately 10:41 a.m. on Jan. 29, Officer Bruce Law met with a man at Warwick Police headquarters regarding a larceny complaint.

The reporting party told Law that he had parked his vehicle in the driveway of his Belt Street home the previous night and went to bed around 10 p.m. When he returned to the truck at approximately 7:45 a.m. that morning, he found the truck’s back door was open, a padlock was missing, and all of his tools had been taken.

The reporting party said his girlfriend heard a vehicle pulling away from the area at a high rate of speed at around 3 a.m. that morning. He also said he had asked neighbors to review home security camera footage that might have shown the culprit.

The reporting party provided Law with a lengthy list of stolen tools, which had a combined value of more than $1,100. The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

***

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, Officer Andrew Distelhurst responded to a Wellspring Drive home for a report of larceny.

At the scene, the reporting party told Distelhurst a bicycle had been stolen from his property. The bike had last been seen at around 8:45 the previous night, and the reporting party saw it was missing at about 2 o’clock that morning.

Distelhurst observed footprints in the snow that led from the road to the area where the bike was stored. The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

 

SUSPENDED LICENSE

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, Officer Aaron Steere was on a fixed traffic post at James Street and Metro Center Boulevard when he observed a 2006 Toyota with expired inspection and registration stickers. A records check confirmed the registration was expired.

Steere pursued the vehicle as it made its way to the Warwick Mall parking lot, where it began “driving erratically through the lot cutting through numerous rows of parked cars in what [Steere] believed was an attempt to elude the officer.” Eventually, the vehicle “made an abrupt left turn into a parking space,” and the male driver exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away.

Steere then made contact with the man and ordered him back inside the vehicle. The man reportedly ignored the instruction, at which point he was detained and handcuffed.

A records check then revealed the driver’s license was suspended and he had at least two prior convictions for driving with a suspended license.

Juan Figueroa, 38, 177 Bellevue Ave., Providence, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. He was additionally cited for driving with expired registration and inspection.

 

WARRANTS

Just before 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 29, Officer Anthony D’Abrosca was conducting a traffic detail in the area of Oakland Beach Avenue and West Shore Road when he observed a Cadillac Escalade traveling west on West Shore Road.

D’Abrosca reports the vehicle’s rear passenger-side brake light was broken and covered with tape, and it did not illuminate. A records check revealed the vehicle’s registered owner was wanted on an arrest warrant issued from Pawtucket Police.

D’Abrosca initiated a motor vehicle stop and made contact with the operator, who was confirmed to be the registered owner.

Wesley J. Lallier, 44, 168 Summit St., Apt. 3, Pawtucket, was taken into custody on the warrant and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later transferred into the custody of Pawtucket Police.

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