Johnston Police Log, Jan. 26, 2023


EDITOR'S NOTE: The following police log information has been taken from public record police incident and arrest reports provided by the Johnston Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.


Around 5:30 p.m., Oct. 17, 2022, Johnston Police Patrolman Steven Letterle investigated a reported vandalism to a black 2006 Lexus. The vehicle’s owner told police that she parked her car on Saturday night, Oct. 15, until that morning, around 7:30 a.m.

When she tried to go to work, she realized the vehicle had two flat tires on the passenger’s side. She checked a neighbor’s security cameras and after reviewing the footage from around 6 p.m. Oct. 16, a man can be seen exiting a nearby Warren Avenue residence, walking into the driveway, crouching next to the vehicle near the tires and walking off into the tree line.

She identified the man to police.

Police went to the home at 12 Warren Ave. and spoke to the homeowner, who told him that a man named Spencer Marlow (identified by police as living at the same address) was inside the home just prior to the incident, and left around 6 p.m., matching the video timeline, according to the incident report.

The homeowner told police that Marlow has been staying at a North Providence address, and is “not currently residing” at 12 Warren Ave., according to police.

Letterle noted that Marlow has a no trespass order in place against the alleged victim. The case was forwarded to the Johnston Police Detectives Division for further investigation.

Johnston Police issued an arrest warrant for Marlow on a Vandalism/Malicious Injury to Property charge.

Around 10 a.m., Jan. 14, Johnston Police Patrolman Nicholas A. Crowe met with a Rhode Island State Police (RISP) trooper who was transferring custody of Marlow to Johnston Police.


Around 5:10 p.m., Dec. 26, Warwick Police responded to Macy’s at 400 Bald Hill Road, following the report of a shoplifting that had just occurred.

Macy’s loss prevention had detained the suspect, and reported that she was cooperative.

Loss prevention told police that around 5 p.m. he witnessed a woman carrying a large empty bag through the store. She was later identified as Geraldine G. Fraga, 68, of 15 Manuel Ave., Johnston.

According to store security, Fraga allegedly selected five jewelry items (valued at a combined $148) and concealed them in her purse.

Fraga allegedly passed all points of sale, exiting the store with the items in her bag, making no attempt to purchase them, according to the arrest report.

After a loss prevention employee approached Fraga, and identified himself, she allegedly handed him the items. He escorted her to a “Macy’s holding cell,” according to the arrest report.

The store provided video surveillance of the incident as evidence.

“Upon checking Fraga’s prior convictions, it was observed she had been convicted of Misdemeanor Shoplifting on Dec. 11, 2014,” according to the narrative support submitted by Warwick Police Officer Frank P. Matarese.

Fraga was charged with Shoplifting (greater than $100; second offense).


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