Police Log: Errant Slap; Craigslist Fraud; Early Morning Comings, Goings

by | Feb 3, 2019

By Bethany J. Hashway

Thursday, Jan. 10

10:20 p.m. – The manager of the Greenwich Odeum called police after a near-fight among patrons attending the Blue Oyster Cult concert there. The manager pointed out one patron who appeared to be extremely drunk and had difficulty standing. The man was bleeding from his right eye and nose. The man said he had attended the concert with two friends, a couple, and had inadvertently bumped into the woman, then he slapped her on the face as he was waving his arms around. The woman’s husband then hit the first man, who told police he just wanted to go home. Rescue had arrived to check on the man, however he became agitated while in the rescue vehicle, yelling obscenities and spitting. Fire personnel placed a spit mask on him, which angered him further. Police handcuffed the man, citing safety concerns. He was taken by rescue to Kent Hospital.

Friday, Jan. 11

9:02 a.m. – Police arrested a Narragansett man, 40, after he turned himself in for a hit-and-run in December. The man was processed and taken to Third District Court.

9:01 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich woman, 31, after police took a larceny report from a Peirce Street resident. The resident identified a suspect; police looked up the suspect’s name and found there was a warrant out for her arrest from Sixth District Court. Police went to the woman’s Duke Street home, arrested her and took her to EGPD for processing. The woman was later taken to the ACI in Cranston.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

3:22 p.m. – A New England Tech student told police his car got keyed while he was attending classes, sometime between noon and 2:30 p.m. He showed police a scratch the length of the car on the driver’s side. New England Tech security said they would review the video footage from the surveillance cameras and contact police if they found anything.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

12:10 p.m. – A Blueberry Drive resident told police someone sent his wife a fraudulent cashier’s check for a couch she had posted for sale on Craigslist the previous Sunday. A buyer contacted her to say they would take the couch sight unseen and would pay movers would pick it up. Today in the mail, his wife got a cashier’s check for $1,880. The couple immediately suspected the check was fake and that the buyer was trying to trick them into handing over the “extra” $1,630. Police confirmed the check was fraudulent.

4:35 p.m. – A Mayflower Drive resident told police someone had tried to gain access to her paychecks via identity fraud. According to the resident, someone hacked into her work email account, gaining access to her email and payroll information. The hacker emailed her employer for information on how to change her direct deposit account information, then made changes on Jan. 10, redirecting her paycheck to an account at Green Dot Bank, all of this activity unknown to the resident. She found the email correspondence Jan. 11 and notified her employer that her email had been hacked. The IT department at her work told her to change her passwords. The woman also contacted Green Dot Bank to inform them of the fraudulent transactions.

7 p.m. – An EGHS student told police someone had taken $40 cash, her driver’s license and a $50 Lululemon gift card out of her wallet while she was at school Jan. 15. She said she had parked in the student lot and had left the car unlocked. She did not realize anything was missing when she returned to the car at about 3 p.m., noticing only later when she went to use her wallet.

7 p.m. – A Cindy Ann Drive resident told police she was nearly the subject of fraud after after her son mistakenly purchased an $85 app on her phone and they tried to remedy it by contacting “iTunes Support” – which turns out is not connected with Apple but rather a scam website. The person she spoke with told her to buy a $50 iTunes gift card and read the card number to the person in order to get the refund and avoid having her service frozen. The woman realized it was a scam before reading the card number over the phone and contacted the police. 

10:10 p.m. – A Duke Street resident told police people were coming and going from a nearby residence between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. The resident said loud arguments often took place and the situation was disturbing the neighborhood. The resident asked police to increase patrols in the area during those hours.

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