Police Log: (Trying to) Pass Fake Checks; Locked Lockers

by | Dec 18, 2018

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, Nov. 26

1:30 p.m. – A man told police his wallet went missing while he was working out at Healthtrax Fitness Center at 1000 Division St. The man said he’d left the wallet in a locker but not used a lock. When he returned to the locker, it was padlocked. He got the staff to cut the lock and found the wallet was missing. While police were reviewing surveillance video, another customer said his locker had been padlocked with the same type of lock. When it was cut, again, that man’s wallet was missing. Employees said two men and a woman, not known to the club, had come in earlier and stayed for about 15 minutes. The staff at Healthtrax in Warwick said the trio had been at that gym too.

3 p.m. – Police arrested a Maine woman, 44, after she tried to pass a check using a fake ID at Webster Bank in the CVS plaza on Main Street. The account she was trying to use had been flagged for fraudulent use by the North Kingstown branch. The woman had two fake IDs with her. She told police a friend had told her this was an easy way to make money. She and the friend made a fake Connecticut license using her photo and her friend gave her a Bank of America Visa card to be used as a second form of ID. The woman said she’d walked up to the teller and asked to deposit a check for $4,800, using the fake name and showing the fake ID. Her plan had been to deposit the check and withdraw $4,000, she told police. Her friend was then going to pick her up. Instead police took the woman into custody and charged her with identity theft and possessing false IDs.   

9:40 p.m. – A dentist told police someone had broken into his dental office on South County Trail. After being alerted by his security company about an alarm there, the dentist checked in on the surveillance video where he saw a man wearing a black leather jacket and white shoes enter the office through the front door. On the video, the intruder could be seen reaching toward a file cabinet, leaving shortly after. Nothing appeared to be missing from the office.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

12:41 a.m. – Police arrested a Providence man, 26, for driving while intoxicated after someone called police to report that the man, who appeared drunk, left Mainstreet Coffee and was getting into his car. Police found the man as he drove south on Main Street. As the police followed the man, they saw his car veering to the right, hitting the curb. Police said the car also hit a recycle bin, sending it flying. Police got the car to stop; the drive smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, according to the report. The man told police he’d been drinking and asked to be brought home. He also asked several times if the police were going to beat him up. After failing field sobriety tests, the man was taken into custody. At the police station, the man refused to take a blood alcohol test. He was charged with DUI first offense.

9:44 a.m. – The office manager at Rhode Island Medical Imaging on South County Trail told police someone broke into the office overnight and took $30 from the cash drawer, all the bills, leaving the change. In addition, a blue bank bag containing checks and cash was empty and the drawers of a large file cabinet were all pulled open.

Friday, Nov. 30

10:51 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 43, for two felony counts of computer trespass. The man came to EGPD to be processed on the charges that were brought forward from the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office.

12:15 p.m. – A Howland Road resident told police someone took a TV from his house while he was away, between Nov. 25 and Nov. 29. The man told police there were no signs of forced entry and nothing else was missing. The television was a 50” Samsung flat screen, still in the box.

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Carmen Lysaght
Carmen Lysaght
December 19, 2018 8:42 pm

Does Main Street Coffee bear
any responsibility for the man who left that establishment drunk and was later arrested?


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