Earlier in October, the Warwick Police Department publicly advised that the city had been experiencing a trend of larcenies from unattached buildings in residential areas, such as sheds and garages. Most structures were unlocked, but some have been entered with force.
Since the beginning of June, there have been around 80 such reported incidents. The department stated that forced entry into an unattached outbuilding is not a breaking and entering felony in Rhode Island but a misdemeanor larceny unless the stolen items are valued over $1,500 and that thieves know this.
Larceny reports include a Catalpa Road resident who recently found that tools were stolen from their shed.
According to his report, on October 3 around 4:30 p.m., Officer John Zaborski arrived on scene and met with the victim, who stated that around 4 p.m. that day she noticed a padlock had been removed from her shed. After looking inside, a Craftsman electric drill, a gas caddy and Craftsman chainsaw with a combined value of around $450 were found missing.
The officer was advised that the resident heard a car idling in front of the house the prior evening around 11:30, which sped off at a high rate of speed when the victim looked outside. Neighbors did not witness anything suspicious, and the resident does wish to press charges if a suspect is located.
A Dayton Avenue resident also found their shed suffered a similar fate on the same day.
Officer John Zaborski responded to the call just after 4 p.m., and met with the victim, who stated that moments earlier she returned home to find her side fence door was wide open. She walked into the backyard to find her shed door open and that the padlock was snapped off the shed and lying on the ground.
She then noticed that two bikes had been taken: a men’s black Trek road bike valued at $700 and a women’s aqua Specialized road bike also valued at $700.
A neighbor stated that they did have video surveillance of the area and that they would check the footage and contact officers if anything was found. The victim also wants to press charges if a subject is found
Both cases were forwarded to District 1 detectives for investigation.
The Warwick Police Departments recommends that sheds and garages be locked and to keep an outdoor light on the unattached building. They also ask residents that if they see something suspicious to report it any time of the day at 468-4200.
While on patrol on October 6 around 4:15 p.m., Officer Walter Larson was dispatched to the Hardig Village Apartments on Centerville Road for a stolen bicycle call.
Upon arrival he met with the victim, who told him that his 16-speed mountain bike was stolen sometime around 10 p.m. the night before. While he didn’t know the make and model, the man stated the bike was all black fitted with large sized tires and a black basket on its front. He was also able to provide the officer with the bike’s serial number.
The victim stated that he did not witness anyone around the bike and that it was not locked away. There are currently no suspects or witnesses.
Officer Darren Parrillo responded to the Bald Hill Road Kohl’s on October 7 around 2:30 p.m. in reference to a female in custody for shoplifting.
A member of the store’s loss prevention team met with Officer Parrillo upon his arrival and informed him that a female subject was observed selecting various items valued at $184 from the beauty department.
Later identified as Sidney Husson, 20, of 136 Sabin Street, Putnam, Conn., the suspect placed the items in a shopping cart and made her way to the store’s fitting rooms. There, the items were removed from their original packaging and placed in a purse.
Husson was then seen leaving the changing rooms and leaving the cart and empty packages behind. According to the report, she then made her way past all points of sale without making an attempt to pay for the items. She then exited the store, was approached by security and escorted back inside without incident. The incident was captured by surveillance cameras and Kohl’s indicated that they did wish to prosecute.
Husson was placed into police custody, handcuffed and transported to police headquarters, where she was processed and released with a court summons for misdemeanor shoplifting.
On October 7 at approximately 2:20 p.m., Officer Russell Brown was dispatched to Wauregan Drive for a report of a larceny from a vehicle.
Officer Brown met with the victim on scene, who informed him that around 10 p.m. that prior evening she had backed her vehicle into her driveway for the night. Returning to the car the next day around 2 p.m., she noticed that its contents had been disturbed and moved around.
Inspecting the vehicle, the victim noticed that two pairs of prescription Michael Kors sunglasses, valued at $250 each, were missing. She told Officer Brown that she wished to pursue a complaint.
Currently, there are no suspects or witnesses, and the victim was advised to contact the police if any additional information was obtained.
Officer Aaron Kay had finished a call along the area of Elmwood Avenue near Sumner Avenue on October 2 around 2:40 a.m. when he observed a red pickup truck speeding on Elmwood Avenue. Officer Matthew Smith in another cruiser then appeared, following the Ford F350.
A traffic stop was initiated on Wellington Avenue, where the truck made a wide turn and came to a stop up on the sidewalk.
Officer Smith made contact with the driver, identified as Erick Delao Jr., 26, of 21 Meader Street in Providence, and advised him of several traffic violations and operating the vehicle erratically.
Delao stated he was coming from a bar in Providence and that he was headed to Cranston to drop off his passenger. The officer observed a strong smell of alcohol coming from Delao and that his speech was slurred and eyes bloodshot.
Delao was asked to exit the vehicle and submit to a standardized series of sobriety tests, which he agreed to. He had difficulty unbuckling his seat belt, had the door close on him as he tried to exit, and nearly fell over when he finally exited.
According to his report, Delao had an extremely poor performance during the tests. He then took a portable breathalyzer test, which registered a 178 percent blood alcohol content (BAC). Based on Officer Kay’s experience, Delao was determined to be unfit to operate a motor vehicle and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Delao was transported to police headquarters, where he again agreed to take a chemical breathalyzer test, which registered a 160 percent and a 161 percent BAC reading. He was issued citations for traffic violations, driving under the influence first offence and later released to a sober adult.