DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
On Oct. 21 at approximately 6:41 p.m. Officer Brian Holleran responded to a car accident on Greenwich Avenue, in the area of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
The driver of the car that got hit said he was driving on East Ave. in front of the Rhode Island Mall and a vehicle hit the rear passenger side door of his car and then drove off. He had given a description of the car to dispatch, and another officer had detained the driver on Lambert Lind Hwy., and Officer Holleran went to talk with the other driver.
The driver was identified as Jason Raposa, 42, of 92 Blackamore Ave. in Cranston. Raposa said he was coming from a pub in West Warwick and he was observed to have an alcoholic odor on his breath as well as bloodshot/watery eyes. Raposa told the officer he had three beers starting at noon that day.
When asked if he had any drinks since the accident, Raposa said he didn’t remember any accident.
Raposa then agreed to a series of field sobriety tests, during which the officer observed nearly all clues indicating impairment.
Raposa was placed in custody for driving under the influence and transported to police headquarters, where he agreed to take chemical B.A.C. tests. He also said at that time that he had five beers prior to driving that night.
During the tests, Raposa tested at .166 and .155 B.A.C. He was charged with DUI of Liquor or Drug - 1st Offense .15 or Greater as well as other charges for hitting the other vehicle and driving without insurance. He was released to a sober adult with court summons for the charges.
On Oct. 16 at approximately 11:50 a.m. Officer Rose Michel met with a larceny victim who came into police headquarters.
The man said that his company has several blue cooking oil containers that are locked up in place outside of several restaurants in the area, including Greenwood Inn on Jefferson Blvd. He said that there have been several larcenies of used cooking oil from these containers, and the Greenwood Inn was hit on Oct. 11.
He said video surveillance showed two men in a white van walk towards the container, but the video doesn’t cover the actual container and it couldn’t be seen what they did. He said $50 of oil was taken from the container. A statement was provided.
On Oct. 16 Officer Brian Murray talked with a larceny victim in the lobby of police headquarters, who said that someone stole his wallet out of his truck yesterday while he was parked at the Dunkin Donuts at Wilde’s Corner.
He said that in his wallet was $80 in cash, multiple bankcards, and licenses. He said he had cancelled the cards and none had been used. There was no video surveillance from the area and no suspects at the time.
On Oct. 13 at approximately 10:46 a.m. Officer Christian Vargas was checking the parking lot of the Extended Stay America on West Natick Rd. because of reports of attempted larceny from motor vehicles there.
While there, he saw a car with a broken rear window, and after contacting the front desk the man who owned the truck came out to check on it. The man said that a bag was taken, which had little value but contained valuable paperwork. All the doors had been locked.
A report was forwarded to detectives.
On Oct. 18 at approximately 10:57 a.m. Officer Damiam Andrews responded to Dickerson’s Marina on Shattock Ave. for the report of larceny of a dinghy and an outboard motor.
The reporting party said that she and her husband came to the marina that morning to find their dinghy pulled out of the water and gone. The dinghy itself was valued at $1,500 and it also contained an outboard motor valued at $800. The victim said that if a suspect was found she wished to press charges.
On Oct. 16 at approximately 8:10 a.m. Officer Joseph DeDonato responded to a residence on Benridge Ave. for the report of larceny from a vehicle.
The victim said that sometime overnight the two vehicles parked in her driveway, both of which she said had been locked, were broken into and multiple items were missing.
From one vehicle, two iPhone chargers valued at $40, one $100 iPod, $100 in cash, $400 prescription Ray Ban sunglasses, and a $25 gift card were taken. From the other vehicle, a $200 iPod and a $60 David Ortiz shirt were taken.
The victim said she’d like to press charges if a suspect was found. There were no suspects or witnesses found at the time, and the case was forwarded to detectives for follow up.
On Oct. 13 at approximately 9:58 a.m. Officer Christian Vargas responded to the Extended Stay America on West Natick Rd. for the report of damage to a vehicle.
The reporting party said sometime overnight the rear right passenger side door window had been broken. The victim said he wished to press charges. The officer found other vehicles in the parking lot with similar damage. A report was taken.
On Oct. 15 at approximately 7:12 p.m. Officers Tyler Stone and Quentin Tavares responded to the Walmart at the Rhode Island Mall for the report of a shoplifting.
Loss prevention said that a male, later identified as Jason Bourbeau, 33, of 41 Willow St. in Coventry, had selected three leggings, valued at $1.00 each, and three comforter blankets, valued totally at $136.81, and went through the self-checkout, where he only paid the $3 for the leggings. The loss prevention associate said Bourbeau then ran across the parking lot towards the BJ’s Brewhouse nearby.
Officer Stone located Bourbeau, based on his description, running across the rear lot of the restaurant. He saw Bourbeau dive behind a parked car in an attempt to elude the officers. The officer then approached him and placed him in handcuffs for shoplifting.
Bourbeau admitted to scanning only the leggings barcodes at self-checkout and not paying for the blankets.
He was then transported to police headquarters. A check of his record showed that he had two previous shoplifting convictions, one in 2015 and one in 2016.
Bourbeau was therefore charged with Shoplifting – Felony as well as Habitual Offender – Shoplifting, a misdemeanor. All of the merchandise was returned to the Walmart.