On May 8 at approximately 10:15 p.m., Officer Michael C. Bailey responded to the area of 3900 Post Road for a report of a vehicle operating erratically.
Bailey located the suspect vehicle, which had been cut off by the reporting party’s vehicle and was stopped on Veterans Memorial Drive. He made contact with the operator, who was said to have “extremely slurred” speech, “watery glass like” eyes and an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. The operator is said to have been unsteady on his feet and to have acknowledged consuming alcohol earlier that night.
The operator is said to have agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which he reportedly failed.
Anthony D. Rendine, 30, 23 Frances Drive, Cranston, was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters. He is said to have refused to submit to a chemical breath test.
Rendine was issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence and cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test. He was released into the custody of a sober adult.
Shortly before 5 p.m. on May 8, Officer Derek Mourato responded to Haxton Liquors at 1123 Bald Hill Road for a report of shoplifting.
At the scene, the owner of the business told Mourato that two men had entered the store at approximately 4:30 p.m. and walked around for roughly five minutes before exiting without making a purchase. A subsequent check of surveillance footage found that one of the men had concealed a one-liter bottle of Captain Morgan rum – valued at approximately $20 – in his coat pocket before leaving the store and entering a Toyota RAV4 with Rhode Island registration.
A check of the Toyota’s registration led to the identification of the vehicle’s owner, whose picture matched the suspect seen in the surveillance footage. Dispatch then reported that the suspect was in the custody of West Warwick Police in connection with another shoplifting incident that had occurred within the hour of the Haxton Liquors incident.
Ronald R. Dutra III, 35, 14 Hickory Road, Coventry, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.
At 12:45 p.m. on May 7, Sgt. Steven M. Nelson met with a man at Warwick Police headquarters regarding a reportedly larceny.
The reporting party said he had been at the Warwick Mall’s food court area on May 1 when he removed two rings to use a hand sanitizer station. When he finished drying his hands, he found the rings were missing.
The rings are described as gold ring with a 1.25-carat diamond and a wedding band with eight diamond chips. The former has a replacement value of $3,250, while the latter is valued at $800.
A check with Warwick Mall information and security found the rings had not been found or turned in.
On May 7 at 8:10 a.m., Sgt. Steven M. Nelson met with a woman at Warwick Police headquarters regarding the theft of items from a motor vehicle.
The reporting party told Nelson that several items had been taken from her vehicle while it was parked outside her Pequot Avenue home on the night of May 6. The missing items included a backpack, a Chromebook computer and approximately $10 in cash and coins. It was unclear whether the vehicle had been locked.
Shortly before 10 a.m. on May 7, Sgt. Steven M. Nelson met with a woman at Warwick Police headquarters regarding a stolen purse. The reporting party told Nelson that the purse was taken while she was shopping at Macy’s on May 4. The purse was valued at $250 and contained a Social Security card, a bank card, a credit card and $100 in cash. The matter was forwarded to detectives.
At 6:08 p.m. on May 4, Officer John D. Madden responded to a Maywood Avenue address for a report of possibly malicious damage.
At the scene, the reporting party told Madden that the front window of her residence appeared to have been damaged by shots from a BB gun. The officer observed the damage and “could clearly see” two BB holes in the window. It was believed the damaged had occurred within the preceding few hours.
No suspects were immediately identified.
Just before 10 p.m. on May 3, Officer Randy S. Bell responded to the Pizza Hut location at 1627 Warwick Ave. for a report of fraudulent credit card use. At the scene, a cashier told Bell that a customer had placed an order to pick up, and prior to the customer’s arrival, the store received a call from a Washington State resident indicating his Pizza Hut mobile app had just been used to place an order at the Rhode Island store. When the person who had placed the order arrived, the cashier told him he was not the owner of the credit card used in the purchase, at which point he reportedly ran to a blue sedan bearing Rhode Island registration and left the scene. The Washington resident was referred to Pizza Hut’s corporate management. Police left a message with the victim of the fraud.
On Nov. 14, 2018, Officer Rose E. Michel responded to Taylor Rental Center at 2296 Post Road for a report of rental property that had not been returned.
The owner of the business told Michel that a man had rented a demolition saw with a 14-inch blade on Oct. 15. The signed agreement required that the saw be returned the same day. The man never returned with the saw – valued at $1,000 – and multiple attempts to contact him were unsuccessful.
A warrant was subsequently issued for the man’s arrest on a charge of sale or concealment of property leased or purchased on conditional sale, over $500.
On May 8, Joseph L. Caprio, 32, 99 Enfield St., Johnston, was arrested on the warrant after responding to Warwick Police headquarters. He was released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.
Just after 7 p.m. on May 13, Officer Jacob T. Elderkin was on patrol in the area of Route 2 and East Avenue when a check found that the registration plate affixed to a 2004 Cadillac SRX did not match the vehicle.
Elderkin initiated a motor vehicle stop and made contact with the operator. A subsequent records check found the operator’s license was suspended and that he had prior convictions for driving with a suspended license.
Randy F. Defex, 33, 26 Walker St., West Warwick, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.