Police Log: Strange Job Application, Restaurant Woes

by | Aug 17, 2018

By Bethany J. Hashway

Tuesday, July 24

8:23 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 57, for trespassing after they saw him in the window of the front apartment at 146 First Ave. The man has an active No Trespass order for that address. He was taken into custody, processed and released with a District Court summons.

11:30 a.m. – A King Street resident told police that he received an email from a friend with a part-time job application on July 12. He applied for the job, then got an email explaining he would be receiving a cashier’s check for $2,850. He was to cash the check and go to the Gap, and purchase a $300 item and keep it for himself. He was then told to go to Walmart with the remaining money and buy gift cards. After he bought the gift cards, his next step was to take photos of the gift cards and their numbers, as well as the receipts. The man told police he followed the directions exactly and a week later he saw that there was a deduction for $2,850 from his checking account. He reported he called Bank of America and they told him that the cashier’s check that he’d cashed was marked as counterfeit. The bank withdrew the money from his account as the check was being held against it pending review.

Wednesday, July 25

6:15 p.m. – An East Greenwich told police his work truck was damaged by an employee who had borrowed it for a move. The man allowed the employee to take the truck July 13-17 but the the truck was returned damaged and that the front license plate was missing. The employee first denied causing the damage but later admitted he had hit a guardrail. The worker promised to pay for the damage but the truck owner wanted to document the incident.

Thursday, July 26

10:15 a.m. – Police arraigned and charged Joseph Gould, 40, of Warwick with possession of a schedule II narcotic (fentanyl), a felony. He was already serving a six-month sentence at the ACI, so police returned him to the prison.

10:58 a.m. – An employee of the Child Care Connection on Main Street told police someone broke her car window. Police met with the owner of the car, she told officers she works at the daycare and her car was parked in the back parking lot. The employee said the car had been  unlocked and nothing was missing.

3:40 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 25, for driving without a license after he was involved in a car accident on Division Street at the I-95 North onramp. Routine checks found the driver had no license. He was issued a Third District Court summons.

Friday, July 27

8:58 p.m. – The owner of Nautika Restaurant told police a couple left the restaurant before their order was served, complaining about a long wait. He said they also refused to pay $11 for a glass of wine they had consumed. Police spoke with one of the parties, who said he would not pay for the wine and to send along any criminal complaint so his lawyer could deal with it.

Saturday, July 28

12:05 a.m. – Police arrested a Connecticut woman, 25, for driving while intoxicated after she got in an accident on Division Street. Witnesses told police they had been driving east on Division when they hit the Connecticut woman’s car, which was sitting in the eastbound lane with no lights on. Their car was disabled in the crash, with all the airbags deployed. The driver of the first car tried to drive away, but another (unidentified) driver managed to get her to pull over around 300 feet away. Police smelled alcohol on the woman’s breath. She said she was coming from the Taylor Swift concert and that she had not been drinking. She failed field sobriety tests and was taken to EGPD for processing. In addition to the drunk driving charge, the woman was charged with refusing to submit to a chemical breath test.

7:30 a.m. – Police were called to Rocco’s at 219 Main Street to assist firefighters with a smoke alarm. The fire department reported that a commercial size refrigerator was plugged in using an underrated extension cord that was resting on top of a pile of cardboard boxes. The connection was smoking and had started to burn when EGFD arrived. In addition, smoke detectors were covered, electrical sockets were overloaded, and there were other underrated extension cords in use. The state fire marshal, the town building official and state Department of Health all informed the owner that the building would be closed down due to the many infractions and violations.

9 a.m. – A Houston, Texas, man, 29, turned himself into police for his warrant he had out of EGPD. He was processed, arraigned and released.

6:45 p.m. – Police met with a Main Street man regarding a TD Bank debit card that went missing while he was at Raku on May 29. The man said the bartender mixed up his debit card with that of another customer and he left with the wrong card. He didn’t realize it until the next morning but when he returned to Raku, the bartenders at the restaurant didn’t know which customer had his card. He told police over the past few months he has noticed several transactions on his checking account that he didn’t make. Many of the transactions occurred in Warwick and three happened in EG at Raku which he didn’t make. The man told police he has been in touch with TD Bank, and they have been investigating the case and he’s in the process of closing out the checking account.

Sunday, July 29

10:16 a.m. – A woman called police to report that her mother had hit her father with her cane. EG firefighters arrived to help the father; the mother appeared disoriented. Rescue helped the woman to a couch where she said she had not eaten or taken her medications for a few days. The daughter had tried to get her mother to eat breakfast this morning but the mother got up saying she was allergic to the food. She then took her cane and hit her husband in the back of the head as he sat on the couch. Both the husband and wife were taken to the hospital. No charges were filed.

12:30 p.m. – A Brayton Street resident told police his neighbor was accusing him of dumping dirt too close to the neighbor’s fence and stealing the neighbor’s survey markers. Police spoke with the neighbor and told him to seek a civil remedy.

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