The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.
OBTAINING MONEY UNDER FALSE PRETENSES
Patrolman Kevin W. Lyons responded to the intersection of Glenbridge and Hartford avenues in Providence the evening of April 10 to issue a District Court summons to appear for David Laurie, 29, 11 Water St., North Providence.
Providence Police initiated a stop and discovered that Laurie had a warrant issued by the Johnston Police Department on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses. Laurie’s arrest stems from an alleged incident that occurred the afternoon of Oct. 1, 2019. Patrolman David Galligan responded to headquarters for a report of obtaining money under false pretenses. The reporting party said he hired Laurie on Aug. 26 to update the boiler at his residence, at which time he was paid $500 in cash. The man said that on Aug. 28, Laurie text messaged him saying that the needed additional parts for the job, at which time he was given an extra $160 in cash.
The man told Galligan that Laurie never showed up to his residence to do the job after he was paid in full, and that he and Laurie were exchanging text messages regarding him starting and completing the job. However, all communication ceased on Sept. 16 when Laurie stopped answering his phone.
The man attempted to contact Laurie multiple times, inquiring whether or not he was going to start and complete the job for which he was paid in full, but Laurie stopped answering texts and calls.
Detective Seth D. Crosby later wrote that he contacted Laurie after numerous other telephone calls on Oct. 8, and Laurie told him he would perform the job by Oct. 14. Crosby wrote that, as of Oct. 21, Laurie made no attempt to contact the man and perform the work. Further attempts to contact Laurie were met with negative results, after which the warrant was drafted.