Police Log: ‘Infected’ Laptop & Delayed Stolen Car Report

by | Jan 20, 2019

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, Dec. 24

1:30 p.m. – A Westwood Drive resident told police he’d received a warning on his computer that his laptop was infected. The message instructed him to call the number provided. He made the call and spoke with a “Jack Smith.” The resident said the man he spoke with had a faint South Asian accent. Jack Smith offered him a lifetime spyware and firewall membership for $500 that he could pay for with a Google Play card. The man bought the card at Rite-Aid. As the card was processing, the spyware service informed him there was difficulty processing the number. He then suspected he was the victim of fraud and informed his bank, Pawtucket Credit Union, and was told it was a scam.

Friday, Dec. 28

1:40 p.m. – An East Greenwich man told police his car was stolen. He said he parked his unregistered silver Mercedes-Benz E-320 station wagon on Long Street on Dec. 15. He came back from New York on Dec. 21 to find the vehicle missing.

4:15 p.m. – The Verizon store at 1000 Division St. reported a stolen iPhone. A Verizon employee told police that earlier in the day the phone was stolen off a desk at the store. The employee said at noon a woman came into the store and exchanged an iPhone that she had received as a gift for a different version. After the exchange, the phone was left on a desk in the store. At 2:30 p.m. a man came in to talk about purchasing a new iPhone. The employee said he received a phone call from his boss and while he was on the phone, the customer went to the desk where the exchanged iPhone was sitting, grabbed the phone and then sprinted out the door. The employee reported he took off on foot heading toward Panera.

Saturday, Dec. 29

1:30 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 19, for driving while intoxicated after being involved in a car accident and attempting to leave the scene. The accident took place on Chestnut Drive and the car had heavy damage on the passenger side. The passenger side airbag had deployed as well. In talking to the driver, who was still in the car, police found him slow to answer questions and police smelled alcohol on him as well as coming from the car. He said he wasn’t hurt. Police asked him to get out of the car; the man was unsteady on his feet. He failed field sobriety tests and was then taken into custody.

10 a.m. – Police met with a North Kingstown man who said he’d lost his iPhone or it was stolen last night. The man wasn’t sure where the phone had gone. He told police he’d taken an Uber from his home Friday and been dropped off at Kai Bar on Main Street. He said he’d been there for some time and was picked up by another Uber driver. The man noticed his phone missing this morning and had used a locator app “Find My iPhone” to find it. The locator app had placed his phone at an address on Tiffany Court in Cumberland. He reported his phone was missing or stolen to Cumberland Police but was told to first report it to EGPD. The man said he’d called his phone many times during the day but no one picked up.

11 a.m. – Police responded to a residence on Division Street for a report of a BB gun-type hole in a window of the barn. The resident told police there were workers in the barn who’d heard a noise. Checking it out, they found a small hole in a window, apparently from a BB or pellet gun. Police noticed another hole in a window on the east side of the barn had a small hole.

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