The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Warwick Police.
Officer William Castaldi reported arresting a Cranston man on Nov. 15 after loss prevention at the JC Penney store in Warwick Mall reported that he concealed a shirt inside his jacket and walked out of the store without paying for it. Robert S. Savory, 51, of 30 Howard Ave., was charged with shoplifting and held for the next session of District Court.
Heather M. Zaki, 38, of 55 Oak St., Cranston, was charged with shoplifting and possession of marijuana on Nov. 14 after loss prevention at JC Penney told Officer Matthew Higgins he saw her conceal $222.74 worth of cosmetics and clothing in a purse and walk out of the store without paying for them. Higgins said he also found some merchandise from Macy’s in her purse, along with three grams of marijuana. She was told not to return to JC Penney or Macy’s or she would be arrested for trespassing and then she was held for arraignment in District Court.
Officer John Curley reported arresting a Warwick man at the Walmart on Post Road on Nov. 6. Loss prevention told him they had video of Christopher M. Almy, 28, of 29 Pequot Ave., concealing a Kenway amplifier and a Casio watch worth a total of $113.80 before leaving the store without paying for them. He was later released with a summons.
A Johnston man was charged with felony shoplifting at Sears at Rhode Island Mall on Nov. 19 after loss prevention told police they saw him place six pairs of boxer shorts in a bag he brought into the store and then bring them to the return counter and present them as returns. They told Officer Brian Murray the man was told he needed a receipt to get a refund and he put the boxers back in his bag and left the store without paying for them. Stephen A. Assante, 41, of 33 S. Bennett Dr., was charged with felony shoplifting after Murray learned he had more than three prior convictions.
Officer Murray reported a shoplifting in progress call on Nov. 18 at Kohl’s at Rhode Island Mall. Dispatch said a gray Dodge Caravan was last seen turning onto East Avenue around 12:05 p.m. heading west. He said he stopped the suspect vehicle just before the ramp for Route 10 on Route 95. A loss prevention agent from Kohl’s identified Richard Parisi, 28, of 694 Ten Rod Rd., North Kingstown, as the man he saw conceal personal care items from the store. Parisi was charged with stealing $249.94 in merchandise from the store at headquarters and later released with a summons.
A Warwick woman told Officer Matthew Higgins she got off her shift at the Sears store at Rhode Island Mall on Nov. 19 and noticed that her vehicle was missing from the parking lot. She said she parked the car between Chuck E. Cheese and On The Border Restaurant around 1 p.m. and it was missing by 6 p.m., according to a co-worker who left work at that time, so she placed the apparent theft between those hours. There were no suspects or witnesses to the theft of the 1998 Nissan Maxima.
Officer Robert Hart took a report of a stolen car at Warwick Mall earlier the same day. A Providence woman said she parked her 1998 Nissan Maxima in the area of the Food Court around 12:30 p.m. and returned to the lot around 3 p.m. and could not find her car. There were also no witnesses or suspects for that theft either and both cars were entered as stolen and be on the lookout bulletins were broadcast to surrounding communities.
DUI AND REFUSALS
Officer Daniel DiMaio reported stopping a car that was operating on Elmwood Avenue around 12:50 a.m. on Nov. 11. He said the car had been weaving across the road and over the double yellow lines and almost striking the curb turning onto Post Road. He said the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared to be under the influence. He said the driver failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters, where he refused a breath test. Justin Plants, 23, of 1551 Elmwood Ave., Cranston, was charged with DUI, refusal and a laned roadway violation and later released to a sober adult.
Officer John Curley reported giving a field sobriety test to a Cranston man on Nov. 4 after he was called to assist at a stop on Bald Hill Road around 6:41 p.m. Officer Dale Drowne reported he stopped the pickup truck for aggressive driving and going through a red light before it changed to green. Curley said the driver appeared to be intoxicated even though he said he had not been drinking. Curley said John L. Sousa, 45, of 25 Blue Gentian Rd., Cranston, failed the test and blew a .188 blood alcohol content on the portable breath tester. He was taken to headquarters, where he refused to take an Intoxilyzer test. He was charged with DUI and refusal and later released to a sober adult.
Officer Stephen Major reported he was at a fixed traffic post around 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 6 when he saw a car doing what he estimated to be over 50 miles per hour on Bald Hill Road. He said he followed the car onto East Avenue and clocked it a 55 in a 40 miles per hour zone. He said he pulled the car over near CCRI and noticed that the driver smelled of alcohol and appeared to be under the influence. He said Antonio Petrangelo Jr., 32, of 15 Napoleon St., West Warwick, failed a field sobriety test after he complained that he was not a “gymnast” and was taken to headquarters, where he was charged with laned roadway violations, speeding, not using a turn signal, driving on a suspended license, DUI and refusal.
Officer Michael Walker reported he got a call about an intoxicated driver attempting to leave the TGI Friday’s restaurant on Centerville Road around 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 19. The caller said the car was heading east on Centerville and Walker said he spotted the suspect vehicle near the YMCA. He said he caught up with the car as it was entering Route 95 and saw it almost run off the road before he stopped it and said it was tailgating the car in front of it. He said the car didn’t pull over when he activated his lights and siren and finally stopped at the East Greenwich exit. He said she told him she didn’t know he was trying to stop her. He said she appeared to be intoxicated and used the wiper control arm instead of the console mounted gearshift, managing to spray Walker and another officer with windshield fluid until the other officer entered the passenger side and shut the engine off and took the keys. He said State Police surrounded the car with their flashing lights to divert traffic away from the side of the road while he conducted a field sobriety test, but she refused to complete it anyway and was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. She was taken to headquarters, where she refused a breath test. Kirsten Lee Prosl, 44, of 180 Edgewater Dr., Warwick, was charged with DUI, second offense, refusal, driving without a valid license, failure to yield to a police siren and tailgating. He said there was also a warrant out for her for failure to appear in District Court. She was held for arraignment in District Court.
Officer James Vible reported he was on patrol around 2:45 a.m. when he saw a car run a stop sign and speed onto Post Road from Milton Road and cut across all four lanes onto Lakewood Avenue. He said he pulled the car over in the CVS parking lot. He said the driver appeared to be under the influence and failed a field sobriety test. He was taken to headquarters, where he registered a .159 twice on the breath test. James A. Thompson, 23, of 22 Morris St., Warwick, was charged with DUI and several laned roadway violations and later released to a sober adult.
A report about a DUI and refusal arrest in last Thursday’s Beacon incorrectly gave the address of the defendant. According to a resident of the address given, Taylor Boisclair, 19, who was charged with DUI, second offense, refusal, running a red light and driving on a suspended license, actually lives at 21 Helen Ave. in Coventry and not on Medford Street in Warwick.