Police Log


The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police

A Pawtucket woman was charged with stealing 45 items worth a total of $1,434 from the JC Penney store in the Warwick Mall on Aug. 25. A loss prevention agent for the store told police he followed a woman around the store after she entered carrying a large handbag and who appeared overly nervous. He said he saw her select fragrances and makeup items before going to the children’s section and gathering clothing into the handbag before she attempted to leave without paying for the goods. Jennifer Morgan, 40, of 712 Roosevelt Ave. was charged and later released with a summons.
A loss prevention agent at Macy’s in the Warwick Mall told police he saw a woman moving through the store select a number of items and place them in a large bag before leaving the store without paying for the goods. He told police he recovered 13 items worth $482 and a wire cutter and pair of scissors from the bag carried by Diem M. Nguyen, 19, of 232 Sargent St. in Warwick. She was charged with shoplifting and possession of shoplifting implements and held for the bail commissioner and later released on $5,000 personal recognizance.
Officer Christian Vargas reported he was dispatched to the Warwick Mall on Aug. 17 for a shoplifting in progress. He said dispatch informed him that the suspect entered a green mini-van heading toward the Red Robin restaurant. He said he pulled the van over and began to question one of the occupants, a female juvenile with no shoes on who claimed she was fleeing because loss personnel at the Target store accosted her and she became scared and ran. He said he could see a variety of pieces of clothing with tags on inside the van and that one woman was sitting on it. He said she also had a booster bag in the van, which is used to defeat sensor tags on merchandise. He said loss prevention from the H&M store in the Mall claimed $209.35 of the recovered goods and Target claimed another $225.72 from the shoeless juvenile. The juvenile was charged with shoplifting and the woman in the van with the booster bag, identified as Leandra Cabral, 18, of 71 Belmont St. in Providence, was charged with possession of stolen goods and implements of shoplifting. She was later released on $5,000 personal recognizance.

Officer David Waddington reported he was on patrol around 12:10 a.m. on Aug. 18 when he saw a car stopped beside Paula’s Kitchen at Prince and Warwick Avenue that was running and was occupied. He said there had been reports of cars having rims and tires stolen in that area and he turned around to check the car out. He said the car backed its way down Prince Street as he was turning around and he found it parked to the rear of a house on Prince. He said he began to walk up the driveway when someone came walking toward him from the rear of the house. He said the man appeared to be intoxicated. He said he asked the man if he was driving the car. He said the man denied he was driving it and asked him why he was there. Waddington said he was there because he got the impression that whoever was driving the car was attempting to elude him and the man began to swear at him and said, “There’s no way I was driving that [expletive] vehicle.” Waddington said he felt the hood of the car and it was very warm and he was beginning to think this was going to be a DUI investigation. In the meantime, he said the man told him he was going to videotape the whole incident. He said a female came out of the house and said the car was hers and she would not say if the man
Waddington was talking to had used her car. Waddington said he felt that the man was attempting to provoke him into reacting and he told him he should make a complaint if he thought Waddington meant to harm him. Waddington said he had decided that he was not going to be able to put the man in the car without the help of the woman and he gave the man his identification and began to leave when the man started loudly yelling at him, “[Expletive] you! You can’t put me behind the wheel. [Expletive] you! Try to put me behind the wheel [Expletive]!” He said the man continued screaming at him in that manner and he advised him to go inside the house but the man continued to swear and asked him why don’t he come back later? Waddington asked him if he was threatening him and he replied, “What are you gonna do tough guy?” Waddington said he then told the man he was under arrest for disorderly conduct and a struggle ensued. He said he eventually got the yelling and screaming man in handcuffs and put him in the back seat of his cruiser after some more struggling and then called his supervisor. He said the man was pleading with him to let him go, saying there was a suspended sentence hanging over his head. He said the man continued yelling at him and swearing and threatened to kick his ass and break his legs once the court case was over. He said the man kicked at the windows of the cruiser from the back seat and eventually was pepper sprayed when he refused to stop. He said three other officers met them at headquarters but by that time, the man had calmed down. Michael E. Gilligan, 29, of 156 Pierce Ave. in Warwick was charged with resisting arrest, threatening an officer and disorderly conduct and later released on $2,000 surety bail.

Officer Quentin Tavares reported he was dispatched to the Aamco Transmission shop on Toll Gate Road around 2:40 p.m. on Aug. 23 for a disturbance in which a customer had pulled a knife on an employee and threatened to cut him. He said he arrived to find the suspect beside an Isuzu Rodeo. He said he told the man to stop where he was and immediately restrained him and removed two knives from his pockets. The man told him he had a confrontation with an employee at the shop and just wanted to scare him because he thought he was being scammed.
He said one of the employees told him the man came in and asked to see the parts list and prices. The man said he wanted to take his car somewhere else but pulled a knife on him when he said he would have to pay for the tow that brought his vehicle to the shop before he could take the car. Tavares said the employee stated that the customer pulled a knife and threatened to cut his throat from ear to ear and they called the police. Elden M. Araujo, 40, of 50 Centracchio St. in Warwick was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of illegal weapons other than firearms. He was later released with a summons.

Officer Jeffrey Taranto reported he was on patrol around 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 23 when dispatch called a larceny in progress at the Greenwich Village Apartments on Lambert Lind Highway. The suspect was a white male wearing black gloves and a white shirt, tan pants and red and black Michael Jordan sneakers. Taranto said he saw the suspect running over the bridge toward Fat Belly’s and pulled up beside him with his window rolled down. He said the man saw him and spontaneously uttered, “Oh, [Expletive]!” He said the man stopped and readily admitted he had been attempting to break into cars at the apartment complex. Taranto said he asked the man where the black gloves were and he told him he threw them in the woods. The gloves were found where the suspect said they would be and Christopher Smith, 26, of 144 Central St. in Central Falls was charged with attempted larceny and held for the next session of District Court.

A Narragansett Parkway resident called police on Aug. 22 to report that her husband parked their Honda Harmony 215 lawn mower beside the driveway and went to whack some weeds in the backyard around 5 p.m. and returned about 30 minutes later to discover that the mower was gone. No suspects or witnesses.
An auto repair shop on Kent Avenue in Apponaug reported that they found the lock to a storage container cut on the morning of Aug. 19 and saw that engine parts worth about $2,000 were missing. No suspects or witnesses.
A Melbourne Road resident came into headquarters on Aug. 20 to report that a Yerf Dog two-person go-cart with a Tecumseh engine and checkered decals and a moose sticker was missing from their backyard. They said it was worth around $800 and had no idea who could have taken it.
A family that lives on Sea View Drive called police on Aug. 19 to report that someone left a pink BMX-style bicycle at the top of their driveway and by the time police arrived, they learned that their taupe Trek bicycle with speedometer and mirror that cost $700 was gone. The pink BMX was estimated to be worth $100. No suspects.


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