EG Police Reports: Missing Tools, Snow Woes, Heroin

by | Feb 8, 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.

Monday, Jan. 26

10:49 a.m. – A Tillinghast resident told police someone took tools from his truck sometime between Jan. 19 and Monday morning while it was parked at his house. The owner drove it Jan. 21 and noticed the back doors were open but did not investigate further. The truck had been unlocked Jan. 19-21; he locked it after that. On this day, he noticed tools were missing, including assorted hand tools, two saws, two compressors, nine nail guns and staplers, two routers and a jig saw. Total value of the stolen tools was estimated at $10,000.

7:34 p.m. – Police had a car towed that was parked on Overfield Drive during the blizzard parking ban. The owner told police the car battery was dead so he could not move it.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

7:15 a.m. – An employee of Saint Elizabeth Home was bitten by a dog belonging to another employee who had brought the animal to work with her. The employee asked the dog owner if she could pet the dog and was told she could. When she went to pet the dog, the dog lunged at her face, nipping her there, and bit her on her left thigh. The dog, a St. Bernard, was up on all vaccines, according to the owner. The owner was advised the dog must be quarantined for 10 days.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

7 a.m. – Police responded to an EG residence after someone called 911 and hung up. At the house, they talked to the daughter of the resident, who is elderly. The daughter explained she and her brother were assisting their mother when the daughter got fed up with her brother, who was yelling at her. She pushed him aside and went outside, where police found her. She said her brother was ill but would not take his medications despite her urging. Her brother was the one who called 911 but he told police 911 had called him. He said his sister hit him but later said she only pushed him. Police drove the daughter to her home in Warwick. They told the son to only call 911 if it was an emergency.

12:05 p.m. – A Cox Cable employee told police a cable box on Osprey Drive was damaged by a snow plow hired to clear the driveway.

6:24 p.m. – The owner of a house on Cliff Street told police a town frontloader damaged her retaining wall while clearing snow from the sidewalk. Police photographed the damaged sections.

Thursday, Jan. 29

1:14 p.m. – The service manager of CFS Logistics on South County Trail told police four batteries and a battery cover were missing from one of their trucks. He said the battery cables had been cut and batteries removed while the truck was parked in the lot southwest of the building. He said he was not sure when the theft took place. There were no security cameras on the property.

Friday, Jan. 30

8:19 a.m. – The business owner of a moving company renting space in the 461 Main Street building that backs onto Liberty Street called police after a neighbor complained about a truck blocking the street. Police had already intervened a few times in the previous two weeks, so the owner called to avoid an argument, according to the report. The truck trailer was 38 feet long and protruded more than 8 feet into the street. Police told the owner the trailer was in violation and he would be cited if it reoccurred.

10:06 a.m. – A nurse at The Seasons assisted living facility told police a resident had been getting crank calls from a man with a phone number from Jamaica for the past month. Police tried calling the number but no one answered and there was no answering machine. Police advised the resident to have someone set up her phone so calling numbers are displayed so she could avoid calls with a 876 area code.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Midnight – An East Greenwich man, 19, was cited for possessing marijuana, 1 oz. or less, after he was stopped while walking on River Farm Drive. The man was known to police and the officer asked to do a pat down for his own safety. The man complied and during the pat down, police felt something hard in the man’s jacket pocket. It turned out to be a plastic container of what later tested positive for marijuana. The man was given a citation and driven home.

12:38 a.m. – Police arrested a Cranston man, 34, on a 3rd District Court bench warrant after police found him with another man in a car parked at the Shell station on South County Trail. The two men were unconscious and, after attempts to rouse them were unsuccessful, police called for EGFD rescue. Then the man sitting in the passenger seat – from Cranston – woke up. He told police, “We snorted a lot of heroin.” Rescue arrived and gave Narcan to the unresponsive man. When he still didn’t wake up, he was taken to Kent Hospital. The Cranston man, meanwhile, said he did not feel well so he was also taken by rescue to Kent. Through routine checks, police learned of the bench warrant. After he was treated at the hospital, the Cranston man was released into police custody, processed at the station and held. The other man did regain consciousness at the hospital, according to the report. The car was towed from the scene and the car’s owner, a woman, was notified.

6:56 p.m. – A King Street resident reported there was an abandoned car on top of a sidewalk snowbank. While police were at the scene, the driver returned. He said the car lurched onto the snowbank and he had called AAA for help. There appeared to be no damage and the driver was able to leave with the car once a tow truck pulled it off the snowbank.

Monday, Feb. 2

1:38 a.m. – Police arrested a North Kingstown man, 31, for driving with a suspended license after he was pulled over for speeding on South County Trail. Routine checks turned up the license violation. He was given a district court summons and and told to report to the station for processing before his court date, as well as a speeding ticket. His car was towed from the scene.

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Heather Larkin
Heather Larkin
February 9, 2015 7:29 am

A pat down ‘for his own safety’ while walking down a street??

February 9, 2015 1:06 pm
Reply to  Heather Larkin

Perfectly reasonable for the officer to make sure the person he’s questioning doesn’t have any weapons on him when there’s a known history between him and the officers.

Marlboro Man
Marlboro Man
February 9, 2015 3:33 pm
Reply to  Jay

For the officer’s safety, yes, it is reasonable. ButtThe guy was stopped while walking down River Farm Rd. No mention of the officer investigating a crime or situation. Seems more like targeting an easy mark to me – and that is NOT perfectly reasonable.

Heather Larkin
Heather Larkin
February 9, 2015 7:32 pm
Reply to  Marlboro Man

Regardless of history, a man can walk down the street. It does not appear the police were on the street responding to a call about this person or had any reason to think he had done anything other than be known to them. This is my neighborhood and I want to feel safe but someone should advise this kid of his rights.

February 9, 2015 8:06 pm
Reply to  Heather Larkin

He only needs to be made aware of his rights once he’s under arrest. And no point was he under arrest, so there wasn’t a need or cause to have his rights read.

Heather Tibbitts
Heather Tibbitts
February 9, 2015 9:14 pm
Reply to  Heather Larkin

While the police need only read him is rights in the event of an arrest, I think Heather’s point is a valid one. Was the 19 year old even aware that he was within his rights to refuse the officer’s request for a pat down unless probable cause was met? I think we (in the broader sense) have gotten lax with our knowledge and protection of our civil rights.

February 9, 2015 8:08 pm
Reply to  Marlboro Man

I would call stopping someone walking down a residential street at midnight investigating a situation and again perfectly reasonable.

Marlboro Man
Marlboro Man
February 10, 2015 9:35 am
Reply to  Jay

That is ludicrous. Walking on the street at midnight is now “a situation” in EG? So glad the cops wasted their time on less than an ounce of weed…what, nobody from Cranston driving on 1st Avenue with a taillight out at that time?


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