Police Log - 04/25/19

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The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.

FORGERY

Dets. John D. DeAngelis and Anthony Sasso responded to 26 Florida Ave. in Cranston on April 9 in an attempt to locate Roberto Deleon on an active arrest warrant.

Deleon, 37, of the above address, was taken into custody on six counts of felony forgery and counterfeiting in general, one count of felony obtaining money under false pretense/impersonation, five counts of misdemeanor obtaining money under false pretense/impersonation and one count of misdemeanor receiving stolen goods.

Deleon was released on $7,000 personal recognizance until a Sixth Division District Court date of July 16.

The arrest stemmed from an alleged incident that occurred in February. Patrolman David Galligan said a reporting party came to police headquarters on Feb. 22 to tell him that Deleon had stolen her checkbook from her residence in late 2018.

Galligan wrote in his report that the party told him she observed several forged checks in her statement that had been cashed from her account at the TD Bank on 1547 Atwood Ave. in Johnston. The checks were allegedly cashed between Dec. 17 and Dec. 31, ranging between $10 and $1,800.

The reporting party told Galligan she did not write the checks and did not sign the bottom, and that the penmanship belonged to Deleon.

DeAngelis wrote that on March 5, he contacted Detective Paul Bessette at the Cranston Police Department, who told him the reporting party had also filed a complaint in Cranston. Three weeks later, a representative from TD Bank Fraud informed DeAngelis that the account was reimbursed $3,855 lost as a result of the fraud.

Police said that after Deleon was arrested, he told officers that a person whose name was redacted provided him the checks and asked him to pay bills and that the party told him to write out checks for money owed. Police said Deleon later told officers he signed the unnamed party’s name to the checks.

DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE

Sgt. Dennis L. Peacock was on patrol April 16 on George Waterman Road when he saw the driver of a silver minivan using a flip phone.

Peacock said the driver – later identified as Michael Ferland, 48, 25 Clinton St., Johnston – then abruptly drove onto the roadway from the curb side into traffic heading north, resulting in drivers having to swerve into the opposite lane to avoid a collision.

Peacock said Ferland told him that he was answering his phone and didn’t observe traffic. Ferland could not provide any identification, and a check with the Rhode Island Registry showed no record of a license.

Ferland was charged with driving without/suspended license and taken into custody for identification purposes. He was issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on April 22. Ferland was also issued a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal summons for violating the Hands Free Law.

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Patrolman Robert H. Cardoza wrote on April 16 that Julio Franco, 47, 505 Potters Ave., Providence was charged with driving without a license, third or subsequent offense. Franco, who was taken into custody in the Shun Pike area, was released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on April 22.

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