Police Log - 01/31/19

Warwick Beacon ·

STOLEN VEHICLE

At approximately 7:37 a.m. on Jan. 22, Officer David O. Thompson reports responding to the Crown Court Condominiums on Post Road for a report of larceny of an automobile.

Upon arrival, Thompson made contact with the reporting party and her husband. The reporting party indicated she had started her vehicle to warm it up and left the key fob and her purse in the vehicle, and that it was missing when she returned approximately 10 minutes later.

The reporting party also advised that multiple fraudulent purchases had been made with credit cards that had been in her wallet. A Capitol One card had been used twice that morning – at the Walmart Supercenter in Cranston for $1,709.86 and at the Walgreens store in Johnston for $620.37. A Citibank card had been used for three purchases – at the Stop & Shop at 200 Atwood Ave. in Cranston for $1,111.90, at a Rite Aid in Cranston for $632.05 and at the 7-Eleven on Cranston Street in Providence for $30.85.

A debit card contained in the purse had not been used. The purse also contained the woman’s Rhode Island driver’s license and a checkbook. The reporting party indicated she wished to press charges.

Additionally, the reporting party and her husband had reported a vehicle parked suspiciously down the hill from their residence. Dispatch reported that a check of that vehicle found it had been reported stolen out of Pawtucket. Thompson reports that the suspects in the theft of that vehicle had likely taken the reporting party’s vehicle when it was found running and unsecured.

SHOPLIFTING

Officer Jordan P. Guyton reports responding to Walmart, 650 Bald Hill Road, at approximately 11:44 a.m. Jan. 8 for a report of shoplifting.

Upon arriving at the scene, police spoke with the store’s asset protection manager, who indicated a former employee was suspected of having taken three cell phones – a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus valued at $755, a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus valued at $924, and an Apple iPhone 6S valued at $446 – from the store. The manager indicated the store wished to press charges.

An arrest warrant was issued, although attempts to make contact with the suspect were initially unsuccessful.

On Jan. 24 at approximately 4:25 p.m., the subject of the warrant, Vincent T. Ventura, 37, of 103 Prospect Hill Ave., West Warwick, turned himself in at Warwick Police headquarters. He was charged with three counts of shoplifting, processed and released.

On the evening of Jan. 23, Officer Brian J. Holleran reports responding to the Best Buy location on Universal Boulevard for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress.

Dispatch advised that a man and woman had taken items from the store and fled the scene in a silver sedan in an unknown direction.

At the scene, a loss prevention officer said the male suspect had walked past all points of purchase and out of the store with two gaming systems – a Playstation 4 and Xbox. An attempt to stop the male suspect and his female companion was unsuccessful. Security video showed a male matching the suspect’s description carrying boxes out of the store and being pursued by loss prevention. Best Buy wished to press charges.

Officer Justin N. Martin responded to the Target location at the Warwick Mall, 400 Bald Hill Road, on Jan. 23 regarding a shoplifting incident that took place Jan. 21.

The reporting party, a loss prevention officer, told police that surveillance video showed a man and woman shoplifting from the store on the earlier date. The woman wore a gray coat, black and white checkered scarf, jeans and white sneakers, while the man wore a black and white jacket, black hat, jeans and white sneakers.

The video is said to have shown the female suspect entering the electronics department and using a magnetic key to open locked video game display cases. She is said to have taken 16 video games and concealed them in her purse before exiting the store. The male suspect is said to have distracted Target employees during the theft. The suspects are said to have left the scene in a white vehicle bearing Massachusetts registration.

The stolen games had a combined valued of $939.84, and Target indicated it wished to press charges.

VANDALISM

Officer Johnathan H. DiPietro reports responding to the Hampton Inn on Post Road at approximately 11 a.m. Jan. 23 for a report of malicious damage to a vehicle.

At the scene, the officer spoke with the reporting party, who indicated the right rear passenger window of her 2013 Toyota Carolla had been smashed at some point between the afternoon of Jan. 18 and the morning of Jan. 23. No items of value appeared to be missing from the vehicle.

The reporting party wished to press charges if a suspect was identified.

LARCENY

Officer Rose E. Michel reports responding to William J. Riley Plumbing and Heating, 15 New England Way, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 23 for a report of a larceny.

At the scene, the reporting party told the officer that sometime between Jan. 8 and Jan. 15, the catalytic converter was stolen from a green 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 belonging to the business.

Surveillance video was not available. The matter was forwarded to detectives.

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