Police Log: Oil Theft, Cell Phone Theft, and a Loose Pig

by | Dec 1, 2019

By Elizabeth F. McNamara

Monday, Nov. 11

9:30 a.m. – A manager at an East Greenwich business told police he’d received several texts from a disgruntled employee. He said the texts weren’t threatening but he did not want to be receiving texts from the employee outside of work hours. The employee told police he needed to be paid; police told him there was a check for him at the office but the employee said he needed to be paid for 52 hours worth of work and that he’d already contacted a lawyer. He agreed to stop texting the manager.

12:55 p.m. – Police helped EGFD with an intoxicated woman on Wine Street who was taken to the hospital.

7:05 p.m. – Police were notified about a person slumped over a car steering wheel while parked in the McDonald’s parking lot on New London Turnpike. The person was taken by rescue to the hospital.

9:16 p.m. – A Somerset Street resident asked police to check on her house overnight after she’d received a couple of crank calls and heard what sounded like a car pulling away quickly from the vicinity of her house.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

6:59 p.m. – A man driving on Rocky Hollow Road told police he’d hit a dog but the dog’s owner had grabbed the dog and disappeared into her house before he could investigate. Police checked on the dog and found it was all right.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

1 p.m. – An employee of Newport Biodiesel told police someone took oil out of the tank it has at Dave’s Marketplace on Division Street. Newport Biodiesel supplied Dave’s with the tank, which Dave’s uses to store used cooking oil. The biodiesel company then pays Dave’s for the oil, collects it, and sells it off for other purposes. Earlier this day, Newport Diesel came to empty the tank but found barely anything in it, prompting an investigation. Video surveillance footage from Dave’s showed a white van pulling up to the tank at 3 a.m. and siphoning off oil. The video was not clear enough to make out the license plate number.

4:41 p.m. – A Sleepy Hollow resident told police a package from Amazon was said to have been delivered to his house this afternoon but by the time he got home at 3, there was no package.  

Thursday, Nov. 14

8:14 a.m. – A Middle Road resident told police he’d hired someone to drywall his garage using Facebook Marketplace but the man did not complete the job. The homeowner wanted to document the incident in case there were any problems with the man later.  

8:56 a.m. – Police got a report about a gray Suburban that passed a bus while it was unloading children on at Eldredge School.

2:05 p.m. – A woman told police her 2017 silver Mercedes had been stolen while parked outside of Dave’s at 1000 Division Street. Police found the car in the McDonald’s parking lot.

8:08 p.m. – A woman asked police to contact her brother about their mother, saying she could not reach him. Police were able to contact the man.

Friday, Nov. 15

12:43 a.m. – A woman came to the station complaining about people hacking into her social media accounts. An officer tried to show her how to change her settings and her password when she became angry and left.

8:06 a.m. – Someone told police about a suspicious man wearing all black, carrying bags and talking to himself on Post Road. Police spoke with the man, who was waiting for a bus and dressed for the weather.

11 a.m. – An East Greenwich man told police an electric scooter he’d ordered in August appeared to have been taken after it was delivered. He’d been out of town at the time. The credit card company told him it would need a police report before it could issue a refund.

12:05 p.m. – A backhoe operator working on South County Trail for an excavation company told police he got into an argument with a cement truck driver working on the same project. He said the cement truck driver sprayed his backhoe and him with water on purpose. The cement truck driver said it was by accident. The backhoe operator said he wanted it documented in case the water damaged the truck’s electronics.

7:32 p.m. – A man told police his friend was passed out in an alley near Thorpe’s on Main Street. 

10:12 p.m. – A man who could not find his car flagged down police on Main Street near La Masseria, looking for help.

Saturday, Nov. 16

11:31 a.m. – A Proctor Street resident reported a loose pig – the pig resides there. By the time police arrived, the pig was contained.

12:30 p.m. – A Pequot Trail resident told police a vehicle had driven past his house and into the woods at the end of the road, onto state-owned land. He said other cars had done similar things but this was the first time he was reporting it.

2 p.m. – Police got a complaint about a barking dog in the vicinity of Boesch Farm on South Road. Police found a large yellow dog barking in a fenced area near the barn but could not find anyone on the farm to talk to about the dog. 

5:57 p.m. – A West Warwick woman told police someone in the car parked next to hers in the parking lot at Cracker Barrel restaurant on New London Turnpike opened their car door into her car door. The driver of the other car told police her young child had opened the rear door, hitting the West Warwick woman’s car. Insurance information was exchanged.

7:40 p.m. – A woman told police she was upset because her daughter hung up on her.

10:20 p.m. – An unidentified woman told police there were lights on at the American Legion hall in the bar area. (The legion recently gave up its liquor license after a patron left the hall and shortly after crashed into a car, killing one of the occupants.) Police checked it out and found no alcohol being served.

Sunday, Nov. 17

6:57 a.m. – A couple called police after they had been arguing with their 25-year-old son, who lives with them. This was the second call in two days. Police arranged that the son could leave in his own car and suggested he find other living arrangements.

10:30 a.m. – Using a shotgun, police put down a deer that had been hit but was still alive on Division Street at Howland Road. Police notified the state Dept. of Environmental Management to pick up the carcass.

12:02 p.m. – Police assisted EGFD with a house fire on Middle Road. A resident said she, her mother and her grandchild were in the house when she noticed smoke coming from the basement. She called 911 and everyone got out safely. The fire was put out quickly but the fire marshal said the residents would need to wait until the building inspector had been through before they could resume living there. He said it did not appear to be suspicious.

3:31 p.m. – A New England Tech employee working an open house at the school told police her cell phone (an iPhone 7) had gone missing after she put it on a bench beside her but then got up to talk to open house visitors. It was 20 minutes before she remembered to pick up her phone and by then it was gone. Police viewed surveillance video with NEIT security and could see a woman in her 30s or 40s sit down on the bench, cover the phone with an open house pamphlet then get up a bit later, at which point the phone was no longer there. NEIT was able to give police a list of everyone who signed in to the open house.

Monday, Nov. 18

3:24 p.m. – A Lillibridge Drive resident called to say someone was banging on his door and windows. Police found it was a neighbor who wanted the resident to bring his barking dog inside.


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