Police Log: Under a Mysterious Influence

by | Jan 13, 2019

By Bethany J. Hashway

Tuesday, Dec. 18

7:45 a.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 65, for driving while intoxicated after he was involved in an accident on Post Road near the Greenwich Club. At the scene, which involved three cars, police noticed a man who was having trouble balancing. The man was very pale and his skin was blotchy almost to the point being yellowish in color according to the police report. When police asked the man if he was ok, they could barely understand him. After several minutes, the man was able to communicate he wasn’t under a doctor’s care or had taken any medication. Yet police also did not smell alcohol on the man. He told police he was “nervous and scared.” Thinking he might be under the influence of narcotics, the police asked the man to take field sobriety tests, which he failed. They took him into custody; when searching his car, they found a small amount of what appeared to be less than an ounce of marijuana. In addition to being charged with DUI, the man was cited for refusing a chemical test and possessing less than an ounce of marijuana.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

11:15 a.m. – Officers were called to the Shell Station on Main Street at First for the report of damage to a gas pump. The station manager said said he hadn’t seen the incident, but that a customer reported that a car drove into one of the gas pumps and drove off. The surveillance video footage showed a vehicle hitting the corner of the gas pump with its front left bumper.

Thursday, Dec. 20

5:52 a.m. – A Peirce Street resident told police he was missing $1,000 (in $100 bills) from his kitchen cabinet. He said he’d counted the money just the day before and that he’d left his apartment at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and had locked the door. When he returned later that night, however, he said he found his door open a jar. He thought maybe he’d failed to close it properly but this morning he realized he’d been robbed.

Friday, Dec. 21

9:38 p.m. – A Peirce Street resident told police a woman had gained unlawful entry to a first floor apartment after she was let in through a window. The woman who’d come in through the window said she was living in the building with a leaseholder. The resident who called police said the landlord wanted the woman out. The landlord, when contacted, concurred. Police said he would need to go through the eviction process.

Saturday, Dec. 22

9 a.m. – An East Greenwich resident told police she got a call from a stranger saying he was with the IRS and that she owed money. He instructed her to buy $2,000 in Google Play cards or risk arrest. The woman bought cards at the Stop and Shop in North Kingstown as well at the Rite Aid in Warwick, buying cards for various amounts totaling $2000. She called the number and gave the card information to another person. After this, the woman called the IRS and was told she was not subject to a debt with them, that she had been scammed.

Sunday, Dec. 23

11:29 a.m. – A Kent Drive resident said a package delivered to her house had been stolen. The delivery company listed the package as signed for and delivered but the woman said no one in her household had signed for the package and it had not been delivered. It turned out the package was delivered to the wrong address.

3:30 p.m. – The owner of West Bay Laundromat on Post Road told police someone took two green area rugs from one of the dryers. The owner said three people dressed all in black had been at the laundromat and he thought they left with their laundry and the rugs.

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