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. 19
10:57 a.m. – A person complained to police about a tractor trailer blocking Liberty Street while unloading equipment at LLC Astro of New England, the occupant of the warehouse at 461 Main St. This followed several complaints made the previous week. The manager told police he would make changes in his operation to avoid blocking the street. Police said this was his last warning and trucks would be towed if it happened again.
1:40 p.m. – A Somerset Street resident told police about a near-accident on Liberty Street, when two cars and a pedestrian nearly collided because the stretch of Libery between Somerset and Greene streets was blocked by a tractor trailer truck. Police told the manager of the company, Astro, to immediately cease operations. They complied and said a new method would be implemented after today.
3:19 p.m. – A resident of Shoreside told police someone had stolen his laundry from a dryer in the communal laundry room. He said he’d taken clothes out of a dryer that was finished running in order to put his wet items in and he wondered if that had angered the other person. He also said he needed to file a police report to get management to give him access to the video surveillance footage.
6:20 p.m. – A resident of Arrowhead Trail told police he arrived home at 12:40 a.m. and found a silver minivan in his driveway. As he pulled into the driveway, he saw a white male, approximately 5’10” with thinning dark hair around 40 or 50 years old come out from in front of the minivan, get in and drive away. The Arrowhead resident gave police the license plate number, which turned out to be stolen from a Warwick residence.
Tuesday, Jan. 20
10:55 p.m. – Someone from Aim High Academy told police the catalytic converters had been removed from both Aim High vans while they were parked on the south side of the building around 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16. Police saw exhaust pipes on both vans had been cut cleanly and the converters removed.
1:04 p.m. – Someone complained to police about barking dogs at a house on Adirondack Drive. Police found three dogs outside the house but confined with an electric fence and barking loudly. A neighbor said the dogs were routinely outside during the day and barked all day. The owner was not home but police reached her by phone. She said she would come right away and would try to keep the dogs quiet during the day.
5:09 p.m. – An EG resident told police she’d gotten two phone calls from someone saying he was with the IRS seeking information. Police called the number the calls had come in on and a man with a foreign accent answered the phone. There was noise in the background consistent with it being a call center. The man told police he could not speak to a third party, only with the resident. Another man, also speaking with a foreign accent, got on the phone and said police could call the Better Business Bureau about them. Police asked why the BBB would comment on a government agency at which point the man on the phone said they would start to investigate the officer on the phone. When police asked if the man was threatening him, the man hung up. Police told the woman to contact her phone provider and ask them to block that number.
Wednesday, Jan. 21
1:24 a.m. – While on routine patrol, police noticed a car sitting behind the Denny’s restaurant in the Center of New England off New London Turnpike. The car was running with one person sitting in the back seat. Police ran the plates and it came back as having been stolen out of West Warwick. It turned out there was a BOLO (be on the lookout) for someone whose last name was the same as the name in which the car was registered, and that the man could be dangerous. Police called for backup and notified West Greenwich police, since the restaurant is in the West Greenwich portion of the shopping center. Together with Coventry police, they approached the car and took the man into custody without incident.
6:50 a.m. – Police arrested Alvin Cook, 53, of East Greenwich on a warrant for fourth degree arson after tracking him down in his car while he was driving east on Frenchtown Road. The charge is a felony. He was processed at the station, then was arraigned in Third District Court.
11:49 a.m. – The head of security for Dave’s Marketplace told police two young women had passed a counterfeit $100 bill on Monday, Jan. 19. They bought a cake and some peanuts with the bill, which the cashier took. Later, though, a manager recognized the bill as fake. Surveillance video shows the two women getting out of silver Cadillac CTS but does not allow a view of the license plate.
2:32 p.m. – Police were called to assist North Kingstown police in the turn in of weapons owned by a NK man with a restraining order. The man’s guns were at his mother’s house, in East Greenwich. The mother turned over four long rifles to NKPD and she was given ah receipt for the weapons.
3:42 p.m. – Police arrested a Narragansett man, 24, for driving with a suspended license after he was stopped for speeding on Route 4 near exit 7. Police noticed the smell of marijuana when they spoke to the man as he sat in his car. The man said there was marijuana in the car and handed over two bags. Routine checks turned up the license suspension. In addition, the license plates were not registered to the car. He was given a district court summons and citations for the registration and marijuana offenses and his car was towed from the scene. Police took the man to a nearby Dunkin Donuts to await pick up.
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