Police Log: Panera Wallet Snatching; Costly Rental Scam

by | Sep 27, 2018

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, Sept. 3

12:30 p.m. – A Warwick couple told police they were scammed out of $2,200 for an EG property incorrectly listed as for rent. The couple found the Frenchtown Road property on Craigslist and emailed the contact, who said they were the owner of the house. The couple drove by the house to check it out, looked in the windows and liked what they saw. The house was empty and appeared ready for the next tenant. On Aug. 28,  the owner told the couple to deposit a cashier’s check for the amount of $2,200 towards the $6,600 deposit into Bank of America account for the name they were given. The couple drove by the house again on Sept. 3 and noticed someone was living there. They spoke with the resident, who told them she had just rented it from a broker. The couple realized they had been scammed out of $2,200. They tried to contact the person they’d been dealing with but got no answer.

Tuesday, Sept. 4

9:40 a.m. Police cited an East Greenwich woman for driving an unregistered vehicle after stopping her for failing to stop at a stop sign. Routine checks were done which showed that the vehicle’s registration was cancelled. She was issued a citation and police seized the plates.

Thursday, Sept. 6

10 a.m. A Richmond resident said her wallet went missing while she was at Panera Bread for lunch with her husband on Sept. 5. The woman told police she purchased her lunch at 12:39 p.m.and left her purse hanging on the back of her chair to get her order. Her husband was reading a book when she went to pick up the order. She said when she was on her way home she received a fraud alert from Citibank saying that her credit card was used at Best Buy in Warwick for $2,888.99. She checked her purse and realized her wallet was missing. Because of the alert, whoever took the wallet only got away with a small amount of cash.

Friday, Sept. 7

11:45 a.m. – An Apple Tree Court couple told police more than $14,000 had been taken from their checking account. No checks were missing, but they believed one of the people working on their house may have utilized the check routing numbers to get the money. There were three separate transfers, two to an account under one name, one under an account to another. The couple have since notified Bank of America of the above and have frozen their bank checking account.

Saturday, Sept. 8

3:50 p.m. – Police were called to the East Greenwich Fireman’s Hall for the report of loud music there. They spoke with an official of the club who said that their permit allowed for bands to play through September. Police confirmed the permit’s dates and did two noise readings, both of which showed noise with legal limits.  

Sunday, Sept. 9

6:30 p.m. – Police arrested a Pawtucket man, 32, on a warrant after police stopped him for having no license plates. Routine checks revealed the man had an active warrant with Pawtucket police. He was taken into custody and transported to EGPD headquarters for processing, then turned over to Pawtucket police.

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