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DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

On Oct. 18 at approximately 1:20 a.m. Officer Randy Bell was on patrol on Post Rd. in the area of Haverford Rd. when he pulled over a car for speeding.

As he made contact with the driver, identified as Victor Ramos, 44, of 28 Davis St. in West Warwick, he observed that Ramos had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and an odor of alcohol coming from his breath. Ramos told the officer he had just left the bar Allstars, where he said he had five Jack and Cokes, without eating anything, before leaving.

Ramos agreed to a series of field sobriety tests, during which the officer observed nearly all clues indicating impairment.

Ramos was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters, where he agreed to take chemical B.A.C. tests. In two tests, Ramos’ B.A.C. came in at .161 and .169.

Ramos was charged with DUI of Drugs/Alcohol (1st Offense) – B.A.C. .15 or Greater. He was released to a sober adult with a court summons.

LARCENY

On October 18 at 5 p.m. Officer Maxwell Neiley met with a complainant in station lobby for a report of a larceny.

The woman stated that she had been shopping at Savers on Universal Boulevard around 4:15 p.m. that day, and while there placed her wallet down for a brief period of time. It was then taken. The woman stated that she was called to the front desk of the store as someone had turned in her wallet.

When she retrieved her wallet from the front desk, she found she was missing $150. She stated that she did not see who took the wallet and was told by the manager that the store would check security camera footage for a suspect. A report was taken and then forwarded to detectives for review.

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On Oct. 19 at approximately 9:18 a.m. Officer Walter Larson responded to a business on Main Ave. for the report of a larceny of over $1,500.

The reporting party said that he had 20 sq. feet of vinyl siding and two 20 ft. corners taken from his property. He estimated the total value of the items at $2,200.

He said he had last seen it the night before and the next morning found tire markings near where the items were located. There were also shoe imprints in the sand next to it.

The victim said he would like to press charges and the report was forwarded to detectives.

SHOPLIFTING

On Oct. 17 at approximately 8:26 p.m. Officer Anthony D’Abrosca responded to the Target at the Warwick Mall for the report of a shoplifter in custody.

The asset protection associate said that a male, later identified as John Gendron, 19, of 15 W Minister St. in Providence, had went around the store to a number of different sections and put multiple items of merchandise into a few different bags. He then walked right out the front of the store without paying for the merchandise.

Gendron was apprehended outside the store and brought back in without incident, and all the merchandise was recovered. 

Gendron had tried shoplifting $296.05 worth of items from Target. He was transported to police headquarters, where he was charged with Shoplifting – Misdemeanor and released with a court summons.

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On October 20 at approximately 8:41 p.m., Officer Quentin Tavares was dispatched to Macy’s for a report of a shoplifting. Prior to his arrival, dispatch informed the officer that an adult female is in custody.

At the scene Officer Tavares met with the store’s loss prevention officer, who explained that he was conducting routine closed circuit television surveillance and observed a woman enter the store with a large handbag that appeared to be empty. The woman, later identified as Jennifer Piedrahita, 28, of Fresh Meadows, NY, entered the men’s polo department and allegedly selected two pairs of dark sweatpants. She then was observed entering the accessories department, where she selected three headbands and a scarf.

Piedrahita then reportedly entered the women’s department and selected a DKNY pad and a pink jacket before entering a fitting room. There, it was believed that she removed security items from the merchandise. It then appeared that the bag that Piedrahita had been carrying was fuller when she exited the room.

She then made her way past all points pf sale and exited the store. She was stopped and brought back inside the store by loss prevention officers, and six items, valued at $669, were reportedly recovered. Piedrahita was then taken into custody and transported to police headquarters. Her bag was examined at the station, and found to have an added shielding material inside. She was charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting and possession of a theft detection-shielding device.

STOLEN GPS

Officer Randy Bell was dispatched to a Kiwanee Road residence on Oct. 18 at approximately 6:41 a.m. for a report of a theft from a motor vehicle.

At the scene he met with a woman who stated that her vehicle had been rummaged through the night before. She said that her Garmin GPS was taken, along with approximately $5 in change. Officer Bell then spoke with two nearby neighbors who stated that their vehicles had also been gone through, however nothing of value had been taken. All parties stated that their cars had been locked at the time. There are currently no suspects or witnesses.

WARRANT

While on routine patrol on Airport road on October 19, Officer Jacob Elderkin observed a Nissan Maxima traveling at a high rate of speed. Using his radar, he reported that the car was traveling at 60 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.

A traffic stop was then conducted in front of Shannon View Inn. Background checks revealed that the car’s registration was suspended, and that the passenger, identified as Amber Gushla, 24, of 29 Standard Avenue, Apt. A in West Warwick, who was the registered owner of the vehicle, had an outstanding bench warrant for driving on a suspended license. Her vehicle was then towed from the scene and the unidentified male driver was giving a speeding ticket and a citation for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration.

Gushlaw was transported to police headquarters on the warrant charge, and later transported to the ACI.

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