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DRUG DISTRIBUTION

Jason Wilcox, 37, of 73 Maplewood Avenue Apt. #2 in Cranston, was arrested on May 11 at approximately 4:49 p.m. on a felony charge of Manufacture, Possession, Delivery of Cocaine.

Officer Ali Jaafar was on patrol on Elmwood Avenue when he saw a car make an abrupt turn onto Pawtuxet Avenue without using its turn signal, and followed it until he pulled the driver over for not using its turn signal again while entering an Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The car was found to be rented.

The officer identified the driver as Wilcox and found that he was driving on a suspended license, which would be his third offense for that. In Wilcox’s front console was a stack of EBT and gift cards as well as three cell phones, which Wilcox said he had for his numerous relationships with women.

During the officer’s questioning of Wilcox, about where he was going and why his car’s windows were tinted, Wilcox appeared to be uncomfortable and stuttered. He had his daughter in the back seat, and said that he was on his way to buy her a bicycle.

The officer, along with backup, decided to search the vehicle before it would be towed due to Wilcox’s suspended license. There was a small bottle of marijuana, despite Wilcox saying there was nothing illegal in the car.

The officers did an in-depth search and found a built-in cup holder in the center console that had a white, powdery substance as well as a granular substance, bagged in separate baggies, and two pay-as-you-go phones and a portable weight scale.

A canine officer was called to the scene while Wilcox was placed into custody in the back of Officer Jaafar’s car. In Wilcox’s pocket was $1,300 in cash, along with another cell phone.

DCYF was informed of the situation regarding Wilcox’s daughter, and her mother was called to pick her up.

Wilcox was transported to police headquarters.

During the toxicology tests, it was found that he had 44.7 grams of cocaine and 54.7 grams of crack cocaine, as well as another bag of 2.5 grams of cocaine. All of the drugs, cards, cell phones, and cash were taken into property evidence and Wilcox was held to appear for bail.

LARCENY

On May 12 at approximately 6:09 p.m. Officer James Wenneman responded to the Showcase Cinemas on Quaker Lane for the report of a larceny from a motor vehicle.

The victim said that he returned to his vehicle around 6:00 p.m. after parking it in the lot to find that the passenger window had been smashed and taken his knapsack, which he valued at $400 and contained a wallet, which had $100 in cash, a debit card, two bottles of medicine, and his ID in it.

There was no surveillance camera footage and no witnesses came forward.

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On May 14 at approximately 9:18 a.m. Officers Jonathan Byrne and Christian Vargas responded to Northeast Beverage, located on Jefferson Boulevard, for the report of a stolen van from their property.

The reporting party said that the 2013 Ford van was in the parking lot on Saturday but gone that Monday morning.

Using video surveillance footage from a business across the street, the Officers found that a dark colored Nissan Altima had pulled into the lot on Sunday, May 13 at approximately 11:30 a.m. and two people got out of the car. One of the persons walked into the parking lot and got into the van, then drove off along with the Nissan Altima about 10 minutes later.

Detectives were advised of the situation to follow up.

SHOPLIFTING

On May 12 Officer Brian Murray met with the manager of the Victoria Secret at the Warwick Mall, who said that around 5:45 p.m. three females and male took five perfume bottles and 10 panties from the store without paying. The merchandise had a total value of $800. Video footage of the incident was given to the officer and placed into Evidence.

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On May 16 at approximately 8:01 p.m. Officer Jill Marshall responded to the Stop and Shop on Warwick Avenue near Sandy Lane for a shoplifting that had occurred the previous day.

The store detective said that when she came in that day she was informed that all of the store’s razors were missing.

Video footage from the previous day around 6:22 p.m. showed that an unidentified male in his twenties, around 5’10” in height, with short dark hair and large prescription glasses, had selected multiple packages of razors and put them in his pockets.  He then took three bags of chips and ran out of the pharmacy exit.

He then came back into the store two more times and selected more packages of razors, as well as other hygiene products.

The approximate value of all the items he took was $500.  Surveillance footage was taken and placed into Property at police headquarters.

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On May 14 at approximately 4:01 p.m. Officer Thomas Duncan responded to the JC Penney at the Warwick Mall for the report of a shoplifter in custody.

The store’s loss prevention employee said that a female, later identified as Ashley Rodriguez, 21, of 59 Darling St. Apt. #4 in Central Falls, had taken several Nike shirts and pants and concealed them in her purse. She also took a pair of Nike sneakers and put those in her purse. She then left the store without paying, and was taken back in the by the loss prevention employee without incident.

The total merchandise recovered was $360, which she was able to fit in her purse because of an additional booster bag.

Rodriguez was transported to police headquarters, where she was found to have a prior criminal record. She was held overnight to await a court hearing in the morning.

Rodriguez was given a No Trespass order from the Warwick Mall for one year. She was charged with one count of Shoplifting-Misdemeanor.

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