Police Log: Armed Robbery at Verizon Store

by | Mar 17, 2019

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, Feb. 25

2:30 p.m. – A Narragansett woman called police after a tree limb fell on her car while she was sitting in the driver’s seat in the parking lot at Anderson’s Ski and Dive on Post Road. The woman said she’d been about to leave when the limb hit the car. She was not hurt but her car was damaged.

6:46 p.m. A clerk at the Cumberland Farms on South County Trail told police a customer, with whom she has a history of problems, started yelling at her, saying “I will stab your baby in the head!” The customer then bought some food and left. Police contacted the customer, a North Kingstown resident, who denied making that threat. Police advised her to keep her distance from the store clerk.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

11 a.m. – A North Kingstown woman told police her necklace and cross went missing while she was getting an X-ray at University Orthopedics on South County Trail Feb. 19. She had been asked to remove the necklace before the X-ray and she thought she’d put it in her purse, which she had with her in the X-ray room. She couldn’t find the necklace later, when she looked for it at home. The next day she returned to the X-ray office but was told no necklace had been found. She said the necklace and cross were worth around $1,800.

2:18 p.m. Police received a call from someone that there might be a dead cat in a bag on Rocky Hollow Road. Police found a dead chicken in the bag, not a cat. The officer disposed of the carcass.

5:10 p.m. Someone called to report a man had been sitting in a car in the Bank Newport parking lot for a while. Police spoke with the man, who said he had been resting after working a double shift. He proceeded on his way.

Thursday, Feb. 28

7:40 a.m. – The owner of Simon Says coffee shop said the town sidewalk plow driver had damaged his storefront awning after a customer told him they’d seen the plow appear to hit the awning. The owner said there was new damage to the awning. The plow driver, alternatively, said he did not hit the awning.

3:04 p.m. – Police arrested Jeramiah Banto, 20, of Providence on two counts of robbery and larceny after all on-duty EG police were dispatched to 1000 Division St. following a report of a man with a gun near Massage Envy near Panera. Banto allegedly had entered the Verizon Store next to Massage Envy, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a medical face mask. He allegedly approached an employee who was talking to a customer, showed a gun and said he wanted both their cell phones and other, new, phones from the back. According to witnesses, Banto then left the store and took off through the parking lot in the direction of the Showcase Cinemas across the street. A witness following Banto contacted police to say the man was driving east on Division Street in a gray Nissan SUV. She said he turned left into Atria Harborhill, an assisted living facility. The police stopped the car in the parking lot there, and with several police officers in attendance, removed the people in the car one by one. In addition to Banto, there were two women, both Harborhill employees. One of the women was a relative of Banto’s and had asked him to pick up her and her friend after their shift. Banto was driving her car. The women said they didn’t know anything about the alleged robbery; after some questioning, they were released. In the car, police recovered a Daisy Powerline 426 BB gun in the trunk, along with a sweatshirt that fit the description of witnesses from the robbery. Police also recovered a plastic bag with eight iPhones. Banto was taken to the police station, processed, held overnight, then taken to court Friday morning. The car was impounded.

Friday, March 1

12:58 p.m. Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 26, for a bench warrant after police stopped him for driving while holding a cell phone. Routine checks turned up the warrant. He was taken into custody and transported to EGPD headquarters for processing, then taken to 3rd District Court for the warrant.

Saturday, March 2

3:50 p.m. Police checked on a man sleeping in his car on Union Street after getting a call that he was “unresponsive.” Police roused the man, who said he delivers for a nearby restaurant and was napping between calls.

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