Police Log: Stolen Identities & Cigarette Fire

by | Mar 30, 2019

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, March 11

11:45 a.m. – An East Greenwich man told police his name had been used to initiate electricity service at a residence on Church Street. He said he has never lived on Church Street but National Grid billed him for $576 for service between January and August 2018.

7 p.m. – Police arrested an Exeter man, 76, for violating a no-contact order.

Wednesday, March 13

9:36 a.m. – Police cited a Cranston man, 28, for driving a car with a suspended registration after he was stopped for using a cell phone while driving. The man was issued a summons for the registration violation. The plates were seized and the car was towed.

Thursday, March 14

1 p.m. – A Clemente Drive resident told police someone used her identity to open a cell phone account in Pennsylvania. She learned about it after being notified by a collections agency looking for payment. The account, through AT&T, was opened in January 2018 and closed in March 2018, but racked up $1,000 in charges during that time. The resident said she didn’t know anyone in Pennsylvania and did not give anyone permission to use her name to open an AT&T account.

Saturday, March 16

8:32 a.m. – The manager of Dunkin Donuts on Main Street told police about a customer who had been coming in daily and routinely harassing employees and customers. The manager finally asked the woman to leave, prompting her to start yelling at him. He asked that police issue the woman a no-trespass order and the police complied.

Sunday, March 17

4:10 a.m. – Police were called to Besos Kitchen and Cocktails on Main Street to assist East Greenwich Fire with a call for a fire to the exterior of the building by the front door. Firefighters said the fire started in a planter near the front door and spread to an exterior wall, setting off the overhead sprinkler. The sprinkler put out the fire before firefighters arrived. The fire marshal said he thought the fire may have been caused by a cigarette dropped into the planter.

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