Just after midnight on Jan. 20, Officer Cody Wild responded to the Sonesta Suites at 500 Kilvert St. for a report of a stolen motor vehicle.
At the scene, the reporting party told Wild she had parked her 2011 Volvo XC70 outside the Sonesta Suites at approximately 6 p.m. on Jan. 19. At midnight, she looked outside and realized the vehicle was missing. It had last been seen at approximately 9 p.m.
The vehicle had been secured with an alarm, and a check confirmed it had not been repossessed. No security camera footage was immediately available. The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.
At approximately 6 p.m. on Jan. 18, Officer Charles A. Austin Jr. responded to the Walmart at 840 Post Road for a report of shoplifting. Dispatch advised that two suspects were in the custody of loss prevention personnel at the store.
At the scene, a loss prevention officer told Austin that he had observed the suspects – later identified as a brother and sister – select various items in the store and place them into a trash container. The two then proceeded to a self checkout line, where they scanned and paid for some items but not those they had concealed. As they exited the store, they were met by loss prevention and escorted back inside. The total value of the stolen merchandise was nearly $126.
Ashley Martinez, 21, 21 Georgia Ave., Providence, and Kevin Martinez, 22, Bronx, New York, were each arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing.
Ashley Martinez was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court, while Kevin Martinez was held pending an appearance before a bail commissioner.
At approximately 8:40 p.m. on Jan. 16, Officer Jessica L. Masso and other officers responded to the parking lot of Macy’s at the Warwick Mall for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress. Dispatch advised that a man and woman were speaking with mall security outside the store.
At the scene, a loss prevention associate from the store told Masso that the woman has been observed removing the tags from several jewelry items – with a combined value of $358.73 – before placing them in her purse and exiting the store without making any attempt to pay. The associate then attempted to stop the woman, who entered a vehicle driven by the man. The vehicle was then stopped by mall security in the parking lot.
Maribel Felix Florentino, 42, 109 Waverly St., Providence, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.
Just before 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 22, Officer Ryan E. Shibley responded to the Hobby Lobby store at 945 Bald Hill Road for a report of shoplifting.
At the scene, an assistant manager at the store told Shibley that a female suspect had been observed behaving suspiciously while shopping in the store prior to its 8 p.m. closing time. It was believed the woman had selected jewelry items and concealed them in her sweatshirt, coat and bag before exiting the store.
After the store closed, the woman called to advise she had left her car keys on one of the aisles. Employees then checked security camera footage and determined the woman had in fact shoplifted jewelry items with a combined value of roughly $101. At that point, police were contacted.
The assistant manager provided Shibley with the keys to the woman’s car, a 2006 Toyota Scion that was still parked outside the store. A records check revealed the registration affixed to the vehicle was associated with a 2002 Acura.
While observing the vehicle, the assistant manager noticed the suspect across the parking lot and pointed her out to Shibley. The officer drove to the location and made contact with the woman, who is said to have acknowledged taken items from Hobby Lobby and removed the merchandise from her clothing and bag.
Kimberly A. Duffin, 31, 30 Lang Drive, Apt. 3, North Kingstown, was arrested and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. According to Shibley’s report, she was charged with receiving stolen goods due to the store not yet having generated a proper receipt for the stolen items.
Duffin was held as a probation violator pending a court appearance.
At approximately 9:19 p.m. on Jan. 19, Officer Michael C. Bailey was on patrol traveling south on Warwick Avenue when he observed a vehicle pass his cruiser at a high rate of speed before pulling into the D’Angelo location at the intersection of Warwick Avenue and Airport Road.
Bailey parked his cruised at the Walgreens across Warwick Avenue and observed the vehicle. The male operator did not exit the vehicle – described as a white GMC – after roughly 10 minutes, at which point the officer went to check the operator’s condition.
Bailey made contact with the operator and discovered through a records check that he was wanted on an active arrest warrant issued by Narragansett Police.
Roger A. Murray Jr., 44, 103 Bartlett Ave., Cranston, was taken into custody on the warrant and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later transferred to the custody of Narragansett Police.
Shortly before 6 p.m. on Jan. 23, Officer Walter C. Larson was conducting a patrol on Bald Hill Road when he observed a black BMW 330XI with illegal tint on its windows, red or pink headlights, a rear plate cover and a loud exhaust.
Larson conducted a check of the vehicle’s registration and found it was associated with a black Nissan. The officer followed the vehicle and initiated a stop in the area of Wendy’s restaurant.
The vehicle’s male operator was found not to have an active driver’s license, and a records check revealed at least two prior convictions for operating without first obtaining a license.
Jamie A. Betters, 30, 8 Baker St., Johnston, was arrested on a charge of operating without first obtaining a driver’s license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was held pending a court appearance and was additionally cited for operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration.