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Warwick Police Log 01/07/21

Posted 1/7/21

LARCENY Shortly after 9 a.m. on Dec. 24, Officer Jeffrey Taranto responded to an apartment on Warwick Avenue for a report of a stolen scooter. At the scene, the reporting party told Taranto that his 2015 Honda Ruckus had last been scene at 8 a.m. on Dec.

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POLICE NEWS

Warwick Police Log 01/07/21

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LARCENY

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Dec. 24, Officer Jeffrey Taranto responded to an apartment on Warwick Avenue for a report of a stolen scooter.

At the scene, the reporting party told Taranto that his 2015 Honda Ruckus had last been scene at 8 a.m. on Dec. 23. When he returned from work at approximately 6 p.m. that day, the scooter – which was in the parking lot – was gone. The reporting party said the scooter was valued at roughly $2,000.

No security camera footage was available. The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

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Shortly before 6 p.m. on Dec. 30, Officer William Holz responded to an Elmwood Avenue address for a report of a stolen ATV.

At the scene, the reporting party told Holz that a red Yamaha ATV, which had been donated to the Bombers Elite Softball program and was stored in a metal Conex box at Belmont Park, had been stolen. The lock to the box had been cut.

The vehicle’s VIN number was not immediately available. The matter was documented.

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Shortly before 5 p.m. on Dec. 26, Officer Ben Bratko spoke with a reporting party regarding a stolen license plate.

The reporting party told Bratko that he had experienced car trouble and parked in a lot on Post Road at around 3 p.m. on Dec. 24. He said he received permission from the business owner to leave the vehicle in the lot “for a few days.”

When the man returned to have the vehicle towed on the afternoon of Dec. 26, he discovered the vehicle’s temporary registration plate had been stolen.

There were no immediate leads. The matter was documented and the plate was entered into records as stolen.

IDENTITY FRAUD

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Dec. 29, Officer Jordan Guyton met with a Chestnut Street resident regarding a case of fraud involving a bank account.

The reporting party told Guyton an account had been opened in his name at Chase Bank. He initially learned of the account through a mailed notice and debit card from the bank. He then received another letter informing him the account had been “closed due to unusual recent activity,” that the “individual who opened the account was unable to provide required identifying information” and that a fraud investigation had been initiated.

The reporting party said he then contacted a Chase Bank representative, who said the individual who opened the account had used the reporting party’s name and Social Security number but did not had the correct address or other personal information required by the bank. The bank was unable to provide the location at which the account had been opened. The reporting party was advised to contact the credit bureaus.

The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

VANDALISM

At approximately 6:47 p.m. on Dec. 28, Officer Oliver Pinheiro responded to a Tidewater Drive home for a report of damage to a motor vehicle.

At the scene the reporting party told Pinheiro that his work vehicle – a 2006 Ford E250 utility van – “had been damaged overnight from an individual ‘trying to get inside the vehicle with a crowbar.’” The reporting party said the vehicle had been parked in the home’s driveway at approximately 6 p.m. on Dec. 27, and the damage was discovered at around 6 a.m. on Dec. 28.

Pinheiro reports the vehicle’s rear door handle was broken and the door panel above the rear bumped had been broken. He also observed a “large horizontal scratch along the driver side door from an object used in an attempt to pry open the door.”

The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

SHOPLIFTING

At approximately 2:43 p.m. on Dec. 26, Officer Brenen Cardoza responded to the Macy’s store at the Warwick Mall for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress. Dispatch advised that the male suspect had been observed leaving the area in a gray Volkswagen, heading north on Pilla Drive.

Officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. Cardoza then spoke with an asset protection detective from Macy’s, who said the suspect has been observed concealing a pair of sneakers valued at $70 inside his winter coat before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay.

Macy’s provided a copy of security camera footage, although it did not provide a clear enough view to identify the suspect or the Volkswagen’s registration.

The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

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Just after 4 p.m. on Dec. 23, Officer Jessica Masso responded to the JCPenney store at the Warwick Mall for a report of shoplifting. Dispatch advised that the male suspect was outside the store.

Masso and Officer Timothy Lipka arrived at the scene simultaneously and observed a man matching the suspect’s description. Lipka made contact with a detained the man.

Masso then spoke with a loss prevention associate at the store, who said the suspect had been observed removing a pair of sneakers from their box and concealing the shoes in a shopping bag. The man was then observed selecting and concealing other items throughout the store, including a smart watch and a jacket. Police were then notified, and shortly thereafter, the man is said to have exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the concealed items, which had an estimated combined value of $250.

Miguel Luis Rivera, 31, Fall River, Massachusetts, 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.

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At approximately 4:19 p.m. on Dec. 24, Officer Jessica Masso responded to the Macy’s store at the Warwick Mall for a report of shoplifting. Dispatch advised that two adult female suspects, who had a small child with them, were in the custody of loss prevention personnel.

At the scene, a loss prevention associate told Masso the woman had been observed in the store at approximately 3:41 p.m. One of the women was pushing a stroller carrying a toddler.

“Both subjects were carrying several assorted children’s clothing [items],” Masso’s report reads. “Both subjects began removing hangars and concealing the items in bags that were hanging on the stroller and concealing them under the stroller.”

The loss prevention associate told Masso the women then exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the concealed items. At that point, they were met by store employees and escorted back inside.

According to Macy’s, 21 items with a combined valued of $984.40 were recovered. The store sought to press charges against only one of the women, while a no-trespassing order was requested for the other.

Sara Elmoussaoui, 25, New Bedford, Massachusetts, 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.

WARRANT

At approximately 7:17 p.m. on Dec. 30, Officer Nicholas DiNardo was conducting a routine patrol heading southbound on Bald Hill Road in the area of East Avenue when he observed a 2015 GMC pickup truck with expired registration tags. A check confirmed the registration was expired.

DiNardo initiated a motor vehicle stop and made contact with the operator and two passengers. A records check found the passengers were each wanted on active warrants – one an arrest warrant issued from Johnston Police, and the other a bench warrant issued from Third Division District Court.

Joshua Michal Carey, 29, 14 Beetle St., Providence, was taken into custody on the Johnston arrest warrant and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later transferred into the custody of Johnston Police.

Danielle M. Colavecchio, 24, 1445 Plainfield Pike, Johnston, was taken into custody on the bench warrant and transported to headquarters for processing. She was later transported to the Adult Correctional Institutions.

The vehicle’s operator was cited for driving with an expired registration and released from the scene.

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