EG Police Reports: Found Pot and a Knife-Wielding Neighbor

by | Mar 25, 2015

eg police dept.These reports come from the East Greenwich Police Department and are public information. An arrest does not mean the individual has been convicted of a crime. EG News does not identify those arrested for misdemeanor charges.

Wednesday, March 11

9:12 a.m. – An employee at Shoreside Apartments on Sixth Avenue told police another employee had found a small, clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana Tuesday evening in one of the elevators. At the police station, the contents tested positive for marijuana and weighed in at 2.7 grams.

12:37 p.m. – Police were called to Swift Community Center on the report of a missing person after a man, 82, left the center after being told to wait in the lobby before lunch, at around 11 a.m. He was found in front of Fat Belly’s on Main Street and said he went to lunch at La Masseria, where he used to be a regular customer. His wife came to pick him up.

Thursday, March 12

11:03 a.m. – The manager at Flood Ford told police a truck in for service had been vandalized while it was parked in the main service lot between Monday morning and Tuesday morning. The truck’s front grill had been removed and the front LED lights taken.

1:18 p.m. – A Cranston woman told police about a rental scam she experienced when she responded to an ad on Trulia for a house to rent on Greene Street. The rent was $900 a month and the owners explained they needed to do business via email because they were away in Africa, and would need the rent Moneygrammed to them. By the time police learned of this, the Trulia ad was gone.

Friday, March 13

10:37 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 28, on a bench warrant for failing to appear after he was noticed by police in a parking lot off Main Street. Police were aware of the warrant. He was taken into custody, processed at the station, then taken to Kent County Courthouse for arraignment.

12:10 p.m. – Police arrested a Johnston woman, 26, on a bench warrant and for driving with a suspended license after she was stopped for driving erratically on Main Street. Routine checks turned up the suspended license and the bench warrant for failing to appear. She was taken into custody, processed at the station and taken to Kent County Courthouse for arraignment.

4:39 p.m. – A shift supervisor at Starbucks on Main Street told police someone had taken the cash from the tip jar that sits on the counter. He said a small group of girls had been in the coffee shop an hour earlier and he’d seen one of them holding a wad of bills in her hand after she’d placed her order. When he checked the tip jar, it was empty. The jar is in plain view of customers and easily accessible. He approached the girls and asked about the tip jar money; they said they had not seen anyone take it. He said he recognized one of the girls but did not know her name, and he said there had been 15 to 20 dollar bills in the jar at the time the bills were taken. While there is video surveillance in the store, it is handled by the corporate office in Seattle, Wash. A representative there said the video would be sent.

Saturday, March 14

8:40 a.m. – The owner of 183 and 187 Main Street asked police where to tell tenants and customers to park since the retaining wall between the two buildings was cracking and bricks were coming loose. He had taped off the area. After investigating, police suggested the man extend the taped off area and they contacted the building inspector.

10:05 a.m. – An 88-year-old resident told police she’d gotten a phone call from a young person claiming to be her granddaughter. The “granddaughter” told the woman she had been in a car with a friend and they’d been stopped by police, who had found drugs in the car. She told the woman she needed $8,000 to post bail in Providence. The girl then passed the phone to an adult, who was identified as the girl’s lawyer. The “lawyer” told the woman not to discuss the case with anyone but to deposit the money today at Bank of America. A third speaker on the phone, identified as the bail commissioner, said to deposit the money in the Main Street B of A in an account belonging to a person named Shalu Sharma. More details followed, including a required trip to an unspecified Staples and a receipt that needed to be scanned and emailed. The EG resident hung up the phone and contacted her son, who lives in Barrington. He was able to confirm that his daughter was in school at Barrington Middle School and had not left. Police were able to confirm with Bank of America that there was an account belonging to a Shalu Sharma, but that was all the information they would give out. The phone number for the “bail commissioner” was out of service.

1:39 p.m. – Police arrested two juveniles for attempted larceny connected with an incident on Cindy Ann Drive earlier in the day. A caller had told police he’d interrupted a larceny and that two juveniles had fled the scene in a black Ford Ranger. No other details were made available.

Sunday, March 15

8:06 a.m. – An East Greenwich resident walked to the fire station on Main Street to report getting bit by a dog on her lip. She was taken to Kent Hospital, where she met with EGPD and explained she’d been bitten on Saturday while at a friend’s residence who owns a dog. She said he’d made kissing noises in the dog’s face and the dog snapped at her face, biting the right side of her bottom lip. While it hurt, she did not think she needed medical attention until this morning. Police contacted the dog’s owner and issued a 10-day quarantine for the dog, which was up on its vaccines.

8:38 a.m. – The builders of a house on Graham Way told police bathroom fixtures for two bathrooms were taken from the property sometime between Friday and Sunday morning. All the fixtures were still in boxes and had been stored in a first floor closet. The house has a key pad on the garage door and a combo lockbox on the front door. It appeared as if someone familiar with the site had taken the items since there was no sign of forced entry. This was the second time the property had been the target of a theft.

7:03 p.m. – An EG man called police because a neighbor had come into his apartment carrying a knife. When police arrived, they found the neighbor sitting at the kitchen table of another apartment, talking to the resident there. Police ordered the man to the floor. He compiled and was taken into custody. One officer spoke with the woman who the man had been talking to and she said she’d noticed the knife in the man’s sleeve after he arrived and she’d asked him to give it to her, which he had. She said he talked to her about the troubles in his life. Police had the suspect taken to Kent Hospital because he appeared to be intoxicated.

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