A driver who parked his truck in the Warwick Mall Parking Lot next to Buffalo Wild Wings returned to find his vehicle stolen. On September 22 around 4:45 p.m., Officer Brian Fontaine met with the truckâ€™s owner at police department headquarters. There, the victim stated that he parked his work truck in the parking lot, where he locked it and took the keys. He left in another vehicle with a co-worker to attend a meeting.
When the victim returned at 3 p.m., he discovered the truck was gone. He first called mall security to see if it had been towed, but security said it was not. Mall security indicated that they might have video surveillance of the truck, but they could not release it to him.
Officer Fontaine met with Warwick Mall security and observed the video surveillance. A possible suspect vehicle was seen parked next to the truck for about 10 minutes around 12:12 p.m. The vehicle appeared to be a silver Oldsmobile Aurora, and the subject gained entry to the truck through the passenger side after attempting to gain access to the driverâ€™s side for several minutes.
The truck is described as a white 2004 E-350 work truck with a Stahl body, with two doors in the back and two smaller windows above the two rear doors. It had three ladder racks on the top, back, middle and front. The back bumper was dented on the left and right, with light gray lines above the windows along the side of the truck. It also had a Rhode Island commercial registration 11544.
At this time there are no suspects or witnesses.
Officer Mitchel Voyer was in the parking lot of 700 East Avenue on September 20 around 5:30 observing the crosswalk at the bike path. He observed a vehicle traveling eastbound make its way through the crosswalk as two individuals were in the westbound lane halfway through the crosswalk approaching the eastbound lane.
The vehicle nearly struck the two bicyclist in the crosswalk, and the two riders threw their hands up in anger.
Officer Voyer initiated a traffic stop, and met with the driver whom he identified as Bryan Vollaro, 36, of 21 Narrows Road, Bristol, and advised him of the reason for the stop. He provided the officer with a proper title and bill of sale for the vehicle, but Vollaro advised him that he did not have a license to operate a motor vehicle.
Background checks were conducted, and it was also discovered that Vollaro had an outstanding bench warrant for failure to appear for a driving without a license charge.
The vehicle was turned over to the passenger, who owned the car. Vollaro was handcuffed and brought to police headquarters, where further checks revealed he had been charged multiple times for the same offense. He was issued a summons for right of way in a crosswalk to a pedestrian violation, and for driving with a suspended license.
Officer Kevin McGuire and other officers were recently dispatched to the Remington House on Post Road for a possible larceny of a motor vehicle. They met with the reporting party, who stated that there was a blue van parked in the lot with â€œRhode Island Historical Societyâ€ on the side and that the vanâ€™s hood was open with jumper cables coming out that were attached to his own truck without permission, apparently in an attempt to steal the vehicle.
The victim pointed out the male suspect to the officer, who then illuminated the vehicle with his spotlight to see a man in a black jacket on the side of the truck leaning into the driverâ€™s door.
The subject then turned and ran up the embankment onto Arnoldâ€™s Neck Road and continued to the wooded area behind the Village Green Apartments. A perimeter was established and a K9 unit was also called to the scene.
A track was found, which led into the woods approximately 10-15 yards where a man was found curled up on the ground in a marsh, the same man identified earlier. He was detained, handcuffed, searched, then placed in a cruiser and transported to headquarters. Later identified as James Waters, 47, of 460 Charles Street, Providence, he was charged with one count of attempted larceny over $1,500, a felony.
Calls to the RI Historical Society confirmed that no one should have possession of their van at that hour, and that they would report their van as stolen as well.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CRASH
On September 16 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Officer Jeffery Taranto along with other members of the department were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the area of 5880 Post Road. The report came in from the North Kingstown Police Department who advised that the car was up on the median in the center section that splits the roadway.
Upon arrival, Officer Taranto spoke with a lieutenant from the North Kingstown department, who stated the male driver was already being treated by rescue personnel. He observed a white 2001 Ford pickup in the grassy area in the median which had crashed into a tree, and had heavy front end damage and both airbags had been deployed.
The driver was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, and was treated by staff there. Officer Taranto went to the hospital and made contact with the driver, identified as Jonathan Myers, 28, of 155 Lockwood Street, West Warwick. There, he found the suspectâ€™s face and mouth covered in blood and was missing teeth. He had lacerations on his head and his right eye was severely bruised and completely shut, and he was complaining of chest and wrist pain. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Upon speaking with Myers, he stated he was at a bar earlier that evening but stated he did not know which one. He also mentioned that he had a â€˜bunchâ€™ of beers, and a vodka and Red Bull at the end of the night. He stated that he had too many beers, that he â€œ(expletive) up,â€ and that he was sorry and was just trying to go home.Â
Officer Taranto noticed the smell of alcoholic beverages emanating from him. He was unable to conduct a field sobriety test due to Myerâ€™s injuries and the treatment he was receiving. The officer determined that Myers was unfit to operate a vehicle prior to the accident. He refused to partake in a blood draw for a chemical sobriety test.
Myers was given a summons for driving under the influence first offense, and for refusing to submit to a chemical test. He was released to Rhode Island Hospital staff.
DOWN AND DRUNK
Warwick Police were recently sent to a gas station for a report of a drunk in progress to find two people passed out, laying on each other and hanging out of their car.
Officer Quentin Tavares and other officers responded to a call from 335 Providence Street upon being advised by store employees that there was a male sitting outside who had been asked to leave but did not.
When the officers arrived, a red Ford Focus was observed to be stopped near a gas pump. The vehicle was turned off and the driverâ€™s side door was open with two legs hanging out. Officer Tavaras approached to find an unconscious female driver slouched over and leaning on an unconscious male passenger.
The driver, identified as Carol Dowling, 50, of 35 New Lexington Road of North Kingstown, was startled when she was awoken by the officer.
She told the officer that she and her passenger, identified as William Sullivan, 40, of 20 Lane 8 in Coventry had been drinking and that they didnâ€™t know where they were at the moment or how they had gotten to the gas station.
Due to the fact that the officers did not have observations and that the vehicle was not currently running, they asked both parties if they were able to get a ride to leave the scene. They advised that they did not have such transportation. Officers then advised that they would have to transport the pair to Kent County Hospital for detox.
Background checks were run, and Dowling was found to have a suspended drivers license as well as a suspended vehicle registration. She was placed in the rear of a cruiser for transport.
Sullivan was found to be heavily intoxicated and had outstanding warrants out of East Providence for violation of a no contact order. He was placed under arrest, transported to the hospital and turned over to the staff there. East Providence Police then were called on scene to take him into custody.