DUTY TO STOP
At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 6, Officer Thomas Greene responded to the intersection of Bald Hill Road and East Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle accident with no injuries.
At the scene, Greene observed two vehicles in the right southbound lane. Only one of the operators involved was present, and he told the officer the female operator of the other vehicle had walked away heading west on East Avenue. A witness to the crash then told Greene he had also observed the woman walk away from the scene.
While viewing the vehicle that had been operated by the woman who left the area – described as a tan 2006 Nissan Altima – Greene observed a service repair slip. Based on a name on that slip, the officer was able to identify a woman who matched the operator’s description.
Checks of the area for the woman proved unsuccessful. A warrant was subsequently issued for her arrest on charges of duty to stop for an accident resulting in damage to an attended vehicle and driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense. Citations were also issued for intervals between vehicles and driving without insurance.
On the morning of Feb. 20, Kimberly L. Walsh, 28, 324 Willow St., Apt. 5, Woonsocket, responded to Warwick Police headquarters to turn herself in on the warrant. She was processed and transported to Kent County Courthouse, where she was transferred into the custody of sheriffs.
On Feb. 19 at 1:33 p.m., Detective Adam Arico responded to the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road for a report of a fraud incident in progress.
Dispatch then advised that the suspects had fled the store on foot in the direction of Toys R Us, and that the fraud incident involved the use of a fraudulent receipt to return merchandise in exchange for cash.
Upon Arico’s arrival, another officer had detained the suspects – a man and a woman – behind the Toys R Us. A records check found the male suspect was wanted on an active bench warrant issued from Superior Court, while asset protection personnel identified him as and person who had used the fraudulent receipt to conduct the merchandise return. The woman was released from the scene and issued a no trespass order.
Asset protection personnel told police the man and woman had been observed selecting multiple items with a combined value of roughly $32 while checking a receipt. The man then went to a register and used the receipt to return the items and receive cash.
Robert Oliver, 28, 169 Boston St., Coventry, was taken into custody on the warrant and additionally charged with obtaining money under false pretenses. He was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing and held on the warrant.
Just after 5 p.m. on Jan. 24, Officer Anthony D’Abrosca responded to the Macy’s at Warwick Mall for a report of a shoplifting in progress. Dispatch then advised that a male suspect had left the area in a vehicle.
At the scene, an asset protection detective at the store told D’Abrosca the suspect had been observed selecting two fragrance gift sets before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay. He was then observed leaving the scene in a red Toyota Camry Solara, traveling north toward Cranston on Route 5. Each of the gift sets was valued at $120.
The matter was forwarded to detectives, and an arrest warrant was subsequently issued for the suspect’s arrest on a charge of shoplifting.
At approximately 6 p.m. on Feb. 24, Officer Frank Montanaro and another officer responded to the Adult Correctional Institutions to take custody of Jorge Crespo Oliveras, 36, 68 Ledge St., third floor, Providence, on the warrant. Crespo Oliveras was transported to the Warwick Police headquarters for processing and held pending an appearance in Third Division District Court.
Just after noon on Feb. 21, Officer Steven Moretti responded to the Kohl’s department store at 650 Bald Hill Road for a report of a shoplifting suspect in the custody of loss prevention personnel.
At the scene, a loss prevention officer told Moretti that the suspect had been observed selecting a men’s fragrance and a women’s bracelet from a display rack. The suspect is said to have concealed the items in a plastic bag before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay. At that point, he was met by loss prevention and escorted back inside.
The suspect was found to also be in possession of a green sweatshirt from Kohl’s, several items from the nearby At Home store, and groceries and a silverware set from Walmart. The suspect did not have receipts for any of the items.
Further investigation found that at the At Home store, the suspect exchanged a wall clock in exchange for a gift card that he used to purchase the other items. The items were returned to At Home. It was determined the suspect had paid for the items from Walmart.
Joseph Tabishesky, 66, 100 Dunnell Ave., Apt. 1, Pawtucket, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.
Shortly before 8 p.m. on Feb. 23, Officer Michael Bailey responded to a report of a shoplifting incident in progress at the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road. Dispatch advised that a female suspect had exited the store and was running the direction of Raymour & Flanigan.
Upon Bailey’s arrival at the scene, another officer had detained the suspect in front of Raymour & Flanigan. A loss prevention associate from Walmart subsequently identified the suspect, who was said to have been observed concealing multiple items – including pants, shoe accessories, tooth care items and a water filter – inside a person before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay.
The stolen merchandise, with a combined value of nearly $84, was recovered.
Rebekka F. Dagitz, 42, 44 Appian Way, East Providence, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was held as a bail violator.
At approximately 8 a.m. on Feb. 20, Officer Robert Canis-Langlais responded to Dennis Diffley & Sons at 2650 Warwick Ave. for a report of vandalism.
At the scene, the reporting party told Canis-Langlais that the morning crew at the business had discovered the driver’s-side window of a Ford E350 van at the site had been smashed. The reporting party said a gate to the rear area of the site, which is normally locked, had been left open the previous night. A review of security camera footage by the business was pending.
Canis-Langlais observed the damage. No additional evidence was found at the scene, and the matter was documented.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 21, Officer Robert Canis-Langlais responded to a Hamilton Avenue home for a report of a stolen motorcycle.
At the scene, the reporting party told the officer that he had discovered his 2004 custom Harley Davidson was missing from a shed at the property at approximately 8 a.m. that morning. It had last been ridden on Feb. 14.
The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.