South Road House Breaks, Missing Craft Beer

by | Dec 15, 2017

By Bethany Hashway

Monday, Nov. 27

9:30 a.m. – A South Road resident told police someone broke into her house while she and her family were away from Nov. 22 until Nov. 27 at 1 a.m. She reported to police that when they arrived home they noticed some items were missing and had been out of place and had also found a bathroom window ajar and the screen damaged. There were mud prints outside the bathroom window. A closet had been rifled  through. The family told police that among items missing were a blue Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar with a case (estimated value $750) and a prescription bottle (value $50). The house had been locked up when they left.

9:53 a.m. – The manager of Feast Sandwich Company on Main Street told police that on Nov. 15 he noticed that two cases of mixed craft-style beer were missing from a locked pantry in the back of the restaurant. The manager told police that the padlock was still in place and the area to the pantry was locked. The company had a security camera installed on the back of the building facing the direction of the locked pantry. On Nov. 26, at 3 a.m., the manager told police he got a notification that the camera was facing upside down. The manager said someone had placed a plastic bag over the camera lens but audio still worked and picked up the sound of two voices. The manager did report to police that he had fired several employees recently and he thought it might have been one or more of them.

11:20 a.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, Edward Hammond, 29, of Pardon’s Woods Lane on one felony charge of breaking and entering relating to two house breaks on South Road, including the one reported just two hours earlier. They suspected Hammond after one of the detectives noticed him the previous evening on her way to another call. Police questioned him at his family’s house about the break ins, which he denied. They asked to check the tread of his sneakers and it matched the tread found in the dirt outside the house they had been to earlier. They also asked to search his bedroom, where they found the electric guitar among other items. He was taken into custody and told police he had taken the items. 

12:35 p.m. – Police arrested a West Warwick man, 47, for driving while intoxicated after police were alerted to an erratic driver on Division Road. According to the report, police found the car on Sylvan Drive. When police asked the driver to shut off his car, the man shoved some pieces of gum into his mouth. Police then asked the man to spit out the gum; he smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech. Police searched the car and found several empty alcohol containers on the floor of the car. A coffee cup in the car smelled of alcohol and the man said he had used it for beer. The man took the field sobriety tests and failed so police took him into custody. He was released with a District Court summons for driving on a suspended license and a municipal ordinance violation for driving with an open container of alcohol.

Tuesday, Nov. 28

11:10 a.m. – A South Road resident told police someone had broken into their garage and stolen some items. Police found the window screen torn; the window had been unlocked. The resident told police a Cub Cadet Snow Blower, two Trek bikes, and three plastic coverings were missing. Those items were recovered from the house on Pardon’s Wood Lane where Edward Hammond was living. Hammond had been arrested the day previous (see above) for breaking and entering into another house on South Road. He had been riding a bike when police arrived Monday. Police checked the garage and found the snow blower, the bikes and the plastic coverings. Hammond was charged with an additional felony for breaking and entering. The approximate value of all the items alleged to have been stolen was $3,670.

Thursday, Nov 30

9:30 a.m – A Liberty Street resident told police that her wedding and engagement rings were missing. She told police that she had took her rings off and placed them on a centerpiece on her dining room table on Monday and they went missing sometime after that. She said the last time she saw them was Wednesday morning and that there was a repairman at her house that day from late morning through the afternoon. The estimated value of the wedding ring is $5,000 and the engagement ring is estimated value at $1,000.

4 p.m. – An Atherton Road resident told police that $50 cash was taken out of a birthday card she received in the mail. The envelope was opened when the card arrived. She had called the person who sent it to her and that person said she’d sent $50 in cash in the birthday card.

Friday, Dec. 1

12:15a.m. – Police were called to the plaza at 1000 Division Street to assist East Greenwich Fire with a gas leak. The police had blocked off entrances at both Division Street and South County Trail. An asphalt company worker was operating a backhoe there and accidentally hit the gas line. Due to the gas leak the businesses in the plaza had to evacuate temporarily.

1:30p.m. – A Sixth Avenue resident told police he missing several VHS tapes and $300 in cash from his apartment. He told police that, about two weeks ago, 8 to 10 VHS tapes (“Touch by an Angel” series) went missing from his apartment at Shoreside. He told police he thought it happened when he left his door unlocked one day to get his mail.

Saturday, Dec. 2

9 a.m. – A resident from Spring Valley Drive reported to police about a possible fraud. He told police that on Friday Dec. 1 he was on EBay looking at a piece of furniture that was for sale. The item was being sold for $453.67 with shipping; he was only looking at it and never made an offer on the item. That day he checked his credit card account and found that he was charged 453.67 for the purchase of the item, which he did not buy.

2:35 p.m. – A Westfield Drive resident told police someone went through his car while it was parked at the end of his driveway. It had not been locked. He said the person took about $45 in loose change and a parking pass to the Naval War College in Newport.

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