The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.
Patrolman Kevin Brady responded to CSL Plasma at 1450 Hartford Ave. on the evening of Nov. 16 in response to a larceny complaint.
Upon arrival, Brady spoke with the victim, who advised him that prior to police arrival, a man known to him as Henry Ortiz, 20, 34 Eliza St., Providence, stole his cell phone. Brady and the victim went to the supervisor’s office and watched the surveillance footage.
The man went on to say that he was cashing out from CSL Plasma and saw one of his friends outside. When he went outside to greet his friend, he left his cell phone on the checkout counter. The man said he walked back in to notice his phone had gone missing. As he was telling the story, Brady said he noticed a man – later identified as Ortiz – clearly take the cell phone from the counter and place it in his pocket.
Brady and another officer later surveilled the area in search of Ortiz, but to no avail. They notified communications personnel that they were going to check the suspect’s last known address and notified Providence Police to meet them there.
As Brady approached Hartford Avenue and Eliza Street, he observed a male matching the description of the suspect. He stopped to talk with the man, who reached in his sock and pulled out the stolen cell phone. Brady said Ortiz told him, “Here it is, please don’t arrest me.” Ortiz was advised of his rights and placed under arrest. He was later released with a Third Division District Court summons.
Patrolman Jared DeAngelis was on patrol the morning of Nov. 2 when he observed a vehicle traveling on Atwood Avenue leave the lane of travel and run a red light. DeAngelis also said the operator was not wearing a seatbelt.
DeAngelis conducted a motor vehicle stop along Atwood Avenue and spoke with the driver, who identified himself as James Fleet, 48, 1344 Plainfield St., Johnston. A check revealed that Fleet has a suspended license, and that the plates did not belong on his vehicle. A VIN check also showed that his registration was cancelled.
Fleet was arrested for driving with a suspended license, third offense. He was also issued citations for operating a motor vehicle with a cancelled registration, leaving the lane of travel, obedience to traffic devices (red light), no seat belt and not having proof of insurance.