Police Log: Watch Your Wallet at Panera

by | Dec 9, 2018

By Bethany J. Hashway

Monday, Nov. 19

3:45 p.m. – The service manager at Flood Ford on South County Trail told police a customer’s truck had been broken into. An employee noticed it when he went to move the truck and found the door handle was broken and the bezel (frame) around the stereo was gone. Video surveillance showed a dark color late model Dodge Durango pulled into the parking lot of the auto body side of the dealership at 6:27 a.m. The vehicle can be seen driving around the back of the building, toward the customer parking area, stopping a few times before finally coming to a stop in front of the truck. On the video, the driver of the Durango gets out and forces the door into the truck, and spends about two minutes inside. The owner of the truck told police he was missing two checks from his business checkbook, in addition to the damage to the door and stereo.

Wednesday, Nov. 21

2:15 p.m.  – An East Greenwich women met with police to regarding unauthorized withdrawals from her bank account. She showed police two faxed withdrawal slips dated Nov. 18 from Citizens Bank, both for $2,900. One was from a Cranston branch, the other from Providence. Both appear to have forgeries of her signature. The woman said she was in New York on Nov. 18. She said she thought her estranged husband made the withdrawals using a female proxy. As these withdrawals occurred outside of East Greenwich PD’s jurisdiction and involved more than one community, EGPD referred the case to the Rhode Island State Police.

7:40 p.m.  – Police responded to Hamilton Drive for the report of fraudulent use of a credit card. The reporting party told police that she received an email at 3:26 p.m. that there was suspicious activity on her Gymboree Visa Card. She received two emails from U.S. Bank Alert – that her credit card was used in Arkansas twice today. The credit card was used at a Sam’s Club there for purchases of $108.88 and $2,324.48. She said she hadn’t made the purchases and has since been in contact with U.S. Bank about the fraudulent charges.

Friday, Nov. 23

3:30 p.m. – An employee of Flood Ford Quick Lane told police a customer hit him earlier, upset over the fee charged to diagnose problems with her car. She had decided not to have the work done and to instead have the car towed from the lot by AAA. But Flood Ford expected to be paid for the diagnostic work. The customer refused to pay it and became hostile, cursing at the employees. When the employee filing the complaint gave the woman the receipt and estimate for the repairs, she slapped then taunted him.

Saturday, Nov. 24

5 a.m. – A Duke Street resident told police about some items stolen from her. The woman told police she was missing prescription medication and “homegrown” marijuana.

6:16 p.m. – An Exeter woman told police her wallet went missing while she was getting food at Panera Bread at 1000 Division St. She was eating at 5:30 p.m. when she received a text message from L.L. Bean stating that someone was attempting to buy $2,728 worth of products at Best Buy in Warwick. She quickly checked her purse and noticed her wallet was missing. She then contacted L.L. Bean and notified them of the fraudulent charge. The individual at Best Buy wasn’t able to make off with any purchases. The wallet also contained a Washington Trust debit card, her R.I. driver’s license, a medical card, and a Traders Joe’s $20 gift card.

Sunday, Nov. 25

11:10 a.m. – A woman told police someone stole her wallet while she was eating breakfast earlier at Panera Bread at 1000 Division St. The woman told police she sat down to eat breakfast at 9:30, next to the window two seats from the back wall. At 10:30, a man and a woman sat down at one table located directly behind her. The man was wearing a khaki coat, baseball cap, was heavy set, a chin-strap beard, and appeared to be in his late 40s to early 50s. He sat down in the chair directly behind her, banging the woman’s chair. He got up shortly afterwards. The woman said the couple was only in the restaurant for five minutes. At 11 a.m. she noticed that her wallet was missing. It had been in her purse on the floor next to her chair. The missing wallet contained credit cards, her R.I. driver’s license and health insurance cards.

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Bruce A Roberts
Bruce A Roberts
December 10, 2018 10:56 am

I continue to encounter drivers runnig red lights at Division and Main Street’s. I have discussed this concern with the EG Police.
Please notify police to avoid accidents.


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