Police Log: Dough Heist, Field Vandal & a Faux Granddaughter

by | Mar 1, 2018

By Bethany Hashway

Monday, Feb. 12

4:32 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 30, for driving on an expired license after they stopped him because of an expired inspection sticker. Routine checks showed the man had an expired license as well. He was issued a District Court summons and a violation for the expired inspection sticker.

1:10 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 18, at his home on warrants out of EGPD and Smithfield PD. He told police he knew about the East Greenwich warrant but was unaware of the warrant from Smithfield. The man was taken into custody and transported to EGPD for processing. He was held overnight and in the morning he was taken to court.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

2 p.m. – A Sixth Avenue resident told police about fraudulent charges made on both her credit and debit cards. She on Feb. 5 she had received a letter from Equifax telling her that a security freeze has been placed on her credit because someone had opened up a line of credit in her name. The address that was given on the credit card was out of Norwalk, Conn.; the woman said she’d never been Norwalk. She also told police that she didn’t have internet at home and has never made purchases online. She said over the past year she’s had fraudulent charges on two accounts. Both were closed and she hasn’t used the new cards.

5 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 18, for driving with an expired license after police were called to Main Street in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts for a car accident. Routine checks on the man showed he had an expired license. He was issued a District Court summons and was told that he had 10 days to get his license renewed and bring proof of his license renewal to EGPD. His car was towed. On Feb. 16 he did provide a temporary receipt for the renewed license.

6:16 p.m. – Police cited an East Greenwich man, 44, for the possession of marijuana after police were called to 1251 Middle Road for a report of a car in the woods. While one officer was talking with the EG man, a second officer found a black golf club cover in the woods about 10 feet from the car. Inside the golf club cover, police found a small baggy full of a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana. The man told police he got scared when the police arrived and threw the marijuana into the woods. He also told police he doesn’t smoke marijuana and that it was his friend’s. Police took the marijuana and gave the man traffic summons for possession of marijuana 1 oz or less. At EGPD headquarters, the substance tested positive for marijuana.

Thursday, Feb. 15

3:11 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 26, at his residence on an active warrant for for simple assault and disorderly conduct. He was placed into custody and transported to EGPD Headquarters for processing; during the processing he was uncooperative with officers. He was held overnight.

3:05 p.m. – Police were called to Dave’s Market at 1000 Division St. for a report of shoplifting after the fact. The Dave’s employee told police that at around 2 p.m., a man had stuffed a pound of dough up his shirt (the police report did not specify what type of dough). The store employee was unable to catch the suspect but did get his license plate. The employee reviewed video surveillance and saw that the man had picked eggs out of the salad bar with his bare hands, eating pot stickers from the hot bar, and olives from the olive bar. As a result Dave’s had to throw away $128 worth of products because of potential contamination. Police contacted the man, who lives in Warwick, and he agreed to pay the $128. Police issued a No Trespass order for Dave’s.

Saturday, Feb.17

2 p.m. – A High Hawk resident told police he had received a phone call from a young woman claiming to be his granddaughter. The young woman told him she had been in an accident and needed $2,100. She told him to send the money to her attorney, identified as Sammy Goldberg. The woman then told the man to call Sammy at a number she provided. The man was skeptical; he called his son and told him about the phone call scam. No money was sent.

Sunday, Feb. 18

8:11 a.m. – Police arrested a West Greenwich man, 19, for vandalism and malicious damage to property after his truck got stuck in the snow and mud on one of the EGHS athletic fields. A tow truck called to pull out the truck, it also also got stuck. A second, bigger tow truck had to pull both trucks out, taking more than two hours. The pickup truck did the most extensive damage to the field as it was being towed out. Police charged the man with malicious damage and vandalism to the field. He was processed and issued a District Court summons.

9:46 a.m. – An Ayrault Road resident told police his snow blower was missing from the shed on his property. He said he had not lent it to anyone and that he’d last seen it two weeks earlier, when he used it after a snowstorm. The man said the shed is kept locked; it is in a fenced in yard. He said the snow blower was valued at $951.

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