DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
On Jan. 26 at approximately 5:42 p.m., Officer Fontaine was at the intersection of Woguagonet and Oakland Beach Avenue when he observed a silver Chevrolet Impala traveling south on Oakland Beach Avenue at a high rate of speed. He then clocked the vehicle as traveling approximately 48 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone.
The car was then observed attempting to take a right onto West Shore Road, and the operator did not stop at the intersection’s stop sign. A traffic stop was then initiated in the area of 2121 West Shore Road, and contact was made with the driver, identified as Edward Santos, 55, of 224 Vineyard Road Apt. 203 in Warwick.
While speaking with Santos, the officer reported that he observed a strong odor of alcohol, and that he exhibited signs of intoxication. Santos was asked to step from the vehicle, and told officers that he did not consume any alcoholic beverages that day. According to the police report, the reporting party saw Santos and his two passengers drinking beers behind the Warwick Public Library and littered the area with empty cans.
Santos was asked if he would agree to partake in a series of standardized sobriety tests, and allegedly stated, “I’m not doing a DUI test, I’m not doing it. I refuse everything, just arrest me.”
Santos was then placed into custody and placed in a police cruiser. His passengers were released at the scene while Santos was transported to police headquarters. He was charged with driving under the influence, second offense, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and multiple laned road violations.
At approximately 12:47 p.m. on Jan. 24, Officer Marano was dispatched to 399 Bald Hill Road for a report of a larceny that had occurred at the Planet Fitness at 650 Bald Hill Road. Upon arrival, the officer met with the reporting party, who stated that he went to work around 11 a.m. at the Planet Fitness. When he came back outside, he noticed that the rear window had been smashed and that tools had been taken from his vehicle.
Well over a dozen tools were taken from the vehicle, with an estimated value of around $3,000. There was no video surveillance footage of the incident, and there are currently no suspects or witnesses. The report was forwarded to department detectives for follow up.
On Jan. 22 around 7:14 p.m., Officer Matthew Caradimos responded to the Pink store at 400 Bald Hill Road in reference to a previous shoplifting incident.
At the store he spoke with a manager, who stated that at approximately 6:23 p.m., a female entered the store and set off an alarm, which reportedly happens if a customer carries in stolen items from other stores. The women then spoke with staff briefly and began to shop around the store. She selected ten pairs of capri pants, which she allegedly concealed in a bag, worth approximately $649.50, before exiting the store and escaping.
Described as a white female with blonde hair, she was last seen wearing pink yoga pants, black sneakers, a long black winter jacket and a white v-neck t-shirt underneath. The case was forwarded to department detectives for review after the report was filed.
Officer Christian Vargas was dispatched to the Victoria’s Secret on Bald Hill Road on Jan. 16 around 11:30 a.m. for a report of a larceny.
Upon arrival, the officer met with a manager who stated that, at around 10:45 a.m., a Hispanic couple in their 20s entered the store. The woman asked an employee for an item that the store does not carry. The couple then turned and left, however they returned at around 10:50. The woman then asked for assistance with sports bras while the male stayed outside the store. The employee left her work iPad at the front of the store at the mobile station.
Eventually, the employee went to the back of the store, and when she returned to the front she found that the couple and the iPad were gone. A check of video surveillance showed that the male entered the store and took the iPad. The iPad was valued at $325. A copy of the report was provided to detectives, and the store wished to pursue criminal charges should a suspect be found.
On January 21 at noon, Officer David Thompson was dispatched to a Mayfair Road residence for a report of a stolen snowblower.
At the residence he spoke with the victim, who stated that her snowblower had been taken from her detached garage. The blower was last seen on Monday, Jan. 15. The woman stated that the lock on the garage had been broken so that it could not be locked. A serial number was provided to the officer for the snowblower. Currently, there are no suspects or witnesses.
SHOPLIFTER IN CUSTODY
Officer Walter Larson was dispatched to the Greenwich Avenue Lowe’s on Jan. 16 at approximately 7:55 p.m. for a report of a shoplifter in custody.
At the store he met with a loss prevention officer, who advised that he had observed a male suspect, later identified as Joseph White, 19, of 35 Westcott Road in North Scituate, inside the store. White is alleged to have taken a DeWalt battery, remove it from its packaging and conceal it on his person. White then exited the store, passing all points of sale without making an attempt to pay.
White was approached outside the store by security, and brought back inside where $227 worth of merchandise was recovered. White was then charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting. He was processed at the scene and released with a Third District Court summons.