Warwick Police Log 09/30/21

Posted 9/30/21

DUI Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 17, Officer Connor Bemis was conducting a patrol in the area of Main Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard when he observed a 2018 Hyundai Sonata traveling west on Main Avenue at a high rate of speed. The vehicle turned

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Warwick Police Log 09/30/21

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DUI

Shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 17, Officer Connor Bemis was conducting a patrol in the area of Main Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard when he observed a 2018 Hyundai Sonata traveling west on Main Avenue at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle turned right onto Jefferson Boulevard, Bemis reports, and he clocked it at 65 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The vehicle was in the left lane, according to Bemis, but “I observed the vehicle to cross into the right lane of travel, with both passenger side tires, several times, and then back into the left lane erratically with no turn signal activated.”

Bemis then initiated a motor vehicle stop and made contact with the vehicle’s female operator, who had “bloodshot and watery eyes, and … the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from her breath.”

The operator is said to have acknowledged consuming alcohol earlier than night and agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which she reportedly was unable to complete. The operator is also said to have refused a preliminary breath test.

Julie E. Owens, 42, 104 Tallman Ave., Cranston, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, she is said to have refused a chemical breath test.

Owens was issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. She was additionally cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test, speeding, laned roadway violations and refusal to submit to a preliminary breath test.

FRAUD

At approximately 1:11 p.m. on Nov. 22, 2020, Officer Evan Johnson met with a man and woman at Warwick Police headquarters regarding a report of fraud.

The man, the owner of a home improvement company, told Johnson that a former employee who had been fired was still using the company’s name to perform work and had scammed the woman who accompanied him to meet with police.

The woman told Johnson she had believed the person she hired to be reputable because of his use of the company’s name and logo. She said she had researched the company and found its reputation to be positive.

The woman said she had signed a contract with the person in question for roof repairs and paid him with three checks for a combined amount of more than $1,800. The final check was meant to cover the cost of materials, which were due to arrive in six to eight weeks.

After several weeks, she said, the person “continuously delayed the job and provided various excuses such as weather, COVID, issues with his truck, and other jobs interfering.” At some point, she said, the person’s phone stopped receiving calls and texts. She then contacted the owner of the home improvement company and realized she had been scammed.

Johnson documented the matter and forwarded it to detectives, and a warrant was subsequently issued for the person involved in the scam on a charge of obtaining property by false pretenses or personation.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 13, Officer Gregory Accinno and other officers responded to Woonsocket Police headquarters to take custody of Robert A. Snead, 30, 333 Clinton St., Apt. RM119, Woonsocket, on the warrant. Snead was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing.

SHOPLIFTING

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Sept. 13, Officer David Boardman responded to the JCPenney at the Warwick Mall for a report of a shoplifting incident. Dispatch advised that the female suspect had exited the store.

Arriving at the scene, Boardman located and detained a woman matching the description of the suspect. A loss prevention officer then identified the woman as the suspect.

The loss prevention officer told police the woman had been observed “acting suspiciously” in the store, selecting clothing items from multiple departments and removing their hangers before placing them in a shopping cart, which contained a laundry basket and Target shopping bags. The woman was also seen selecting accessory items, such as wallets, belts and watches, and placing them in the cart.

The loss prevention officer told police the woman then entered a restroom with the shopping cart. When she left the restroom, she exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise in the cart. The woman was met by store personnel but refused to go back inside, instead leaving the merchandise. A total of $2,790 worth of merchandise was recovered.

Lesbia Roldan, 52, 15 Beetle St., Providence, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting, second offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing.

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Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 28, Officer Joseph DiIorio and other officers responded to Target at 1245 Bald Hill Road for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress. Dispatch advised the male suspect had left the area on a blue moped.

After arriving in the area, DiIorio located a man matching the suspect’s description on a moped. The officer initiated a stop, but as he exited his cruiser, the man “abruptly left the scene and fled from me on the moped.”

DiIorio reentered his cruiser and attempted unsuccessfully to stop the man again. At that point, he discontinued the pursuit and responded to Target, where he spoke with a loss prevention officer.

The loss prevention officer said the suspect – who was familiar to employees – had entered the store and concealed eight packs of shaving razors and three movies in his clothing before exiting without paying. The stolen items had a combined value of nearly $450.

DiIorio was able to obtain a name for the suspect and later confirmed his identity. At that point, a warrant was issued for the suspect’s arrest on charges of shoplifting, second offense, and reckless driving/eluding police.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, officers Stanley Hermanowski and Derek Hagopian responded to Smithfield Police headquarters to take custody of Bruce Edward Judge, 74, 298 Broadway, Providence, on the warrant. Judge was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing and held pending arraignment in Third Division District Court.

SUSPENDED LICENSE

At approximately 3:45 a.m. on Sept. 14, Officer Keara Enos was conducting a patrol in the area of Post Road and Elaine Street when she observed a 2018 BMW sedan without its headlights on. A records check then revealed the vehicle’s registration was suspended.

Enos initiated a stop and made contact with the operator, who was found to have a suspended license and at least two prior convictions for driving without a license.

Keurys Y. Pena, 32, 80 Sackett St., 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 operating a vehicle with suspended registration and times when lights required.

WARRANTS

Just before 9 a.m. on Sept. 13, Officer David Boardman was on patrol heading north on Warwick Avenue when he observed a southbound vehicle with “an extremely cracked windshield.” Additionally, the operator of the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt.

Boardman reports that “based on prior police contacts,” he was able to identify the operator as someone wanted on “multiple warrants.” At that point, he initiated a stop and made contact with the operator, whose identity was subsequently confirmed. The officer reports that a records check confirmed the operator was wanted on two active bench warrants issued from Third Division District Court.

Justin A. Evans, 32, 54 Byron Boulevard, Warwick, was taken into custody on the warrants and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later taken to Third Division District Court. He was additionally cited for operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

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