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Warwick Police Log 06/03/21

Posted 6/3/21

DUI At approximately 1 p.m. on May 22, Officer Gerard Ditomasso responded to 1050 Bald Hill Road for a report that a motor vehicle had crashed into a gas pump. At the scene, Ditomasso and another officer made contact with the male operator of the vehicle

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Warwick Police Log 06/03/21

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At approximately 1 p.m. on May 22, Officer Gerard Ditomasso responded to 1050 Bald Hill Road for a report that a motor vehicle had crashed into a gas pump.

At the scene, Ditomasso and another officer made contact with the male operator of the vehicle involved, described as a 2020 Ford F150. The man “appeared to be having trouble maintaining his balance,” the officer reports, and “spoke with slurred speech and was mumbling throughout our interaction.” The officer additional describes the man’s eyes as being “blood shot and watery.”

The man is said to have agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which he reportedly partially failed before the process was discontinued for his safety.

Galen T. Conte, 50, 17 Anthony Road, Barrington, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, he is said to have refused a chemical breath test.

Conte was charged with driving under the influence and cited for refusal to submit to a chemical test. He was held pending an appearance before a bail commissioner. ***

Just after 4 a.m. on May 14, Officer Ryan Costa responded to Goodwin Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident.

At the scene, Costa observed a 2010 Toyota Corolla with Massachusetts registration on the roadway. The vehicle had “heavy front end damage,” the officer reports.

Costa then spoke with the vehicle’s male operator, who is said to have acknowledged being involved in the collision with a 2006 Honda. The officer reports that the operator had “heavily mumbled and slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes, and an odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath.” The operator is also said to have acknowledged consuming alcohol that night.

The operator is said to have agreed to undergo field sobriety testing, which he reportedly failed.

Peter Cohen, 21, North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters, he is said to have consented to chemical breath testing, which reportedly found his blood alcohol content to be above the legal limit.

Cohen was later released into the custody of a sober adult with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on a charge of driving under the influence. He was additionally cited for driving the wrong way on a one-way highway and leaving the lane of travel.

SHOPLIFTING

Just before 6 p.m. on May 17, Officer Timothy Lipka responded to the parking lot of the JCPenney at the Warwick Mall for a report of shoplifting. Dispatch advised a male suspect had fled the scene on foot, heading in the direction of Interstate 295.

Lipka then observed the suspect, who had abandoned attempting to scale the fence to the highway and was not running toward the Villa Del Rio apartments. The officer then caught up with and detained the suspect, who was found to be wanted on an active arrest warrant issued by police in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Lipka then spoke with a security officer from JCPenney, who indicated the man had been observed acting suspiciously in the store’s men’s department. The man is said to have concealed assorted clothing items in a black garbage bag before fleeing the store without making any attempt to pay. The stolen items, with a combined value of $1,638, was recovered.

Jose Angel Gomes, 35, 160 Broad St., Providence, was arrested on a charge of felony shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was held pending an appearance in Third Division District Court. ***

At approximately 5:14 p.m. on May 21, Officer Sara Goes responded to the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road for a report of shoplifting. Dispatch advised that a female suspect was in the custody of asset protection personnel.

At the scene, an asset protection officer told Goes that the suspect had been observed “on the sales floor hovering over a carriage full of clothing and an umbrella.” The suspect “began rummaging through the clothing items in the carriage and then walked to the self-checkout register with a single ‘No Boundaries’ clothing tag in her hand valued at $2.88.”

According to the asset protection officer, the suspect repeatedly scanned the “No Boundaries” tag rather than the tags for the various items in the carriage, including clothing, a bird feeder, a hose nozzle and wall tiles. She then paid the incorrect amount for the items and exited the store without making any attempt to pay. At that point, she was met by store employees and escorted back inside.

More than two-dozen items with a combined value of $180.91 were recovered.

Cynthia A. Aston, 66, 17 Liena Rose Way, Coventry, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. ***

At approximately 3:44 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2019, Officer Michael Bailey responded to Dick’s Sporting Goods at 650 Bald Hill Road for a report of a shoplifting incident.

At the scene, the store’s manager told Bailey that at around 2 o’clock that afternoon, a man had stolen two golf clubs. The man was said to have removed security devices from the clubs and concealed them in his pants before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay. The clubs had a combined value of roughly $830.

While Bailey was at Dick’s, the manager received a report from the chain’s North Attleboro location that the same suspect had stolen a pair of golf clubs from that store as well. That theft was said to have occurred just before 1:30 p.m.

The matter was documented and forwarded to detectives. On Oct. 13, 2019, Detective Adam Arico reviewed security camera footage of the incident, and on Oct. 18, 2019, he was able to identify the suspect through contact with the Dick’s Sporting Goods location in Smithfield, where a similar theft had occurred. After positive identification was made, a warrant was issued for the suspect’s arrest on a charge of shoplifting.

On May 18 of this year, Smithfield Police took William Fitzpatrick, 48, Winchester, Massachusetts, into custody on the Warwick warrant. Based on previous convictions, the shoplifting charge was changed to a felony.

VANDALISM

Shortly before 9 a.m. on May 17, Officer Robert Canis-Langlais responded to Impossible Dream on Centerville Road for a report of malicious damage.

At the scene, the reporting party told Canis-Langlais that the mailbox at the location, valued at $150, had been destroyed sometime overnight. The mailbox was lying in the driveway near the street. The reporting party told the officer the damage was part of “an ongoing issue with items being vandalized at the business over the past several years.”

Canis-Langlais then observed and documented additional damage to various pots and pans in an outdoor sensory room, which is used by autistic children at Impossible Dream.

No suspects or witnesses were immediately identified. The matter was documented.

DUTY TO STOP

Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on May 24, Officer Kyle Fitzsimmons responded to a report of a minor motor vehicle accident in the area of the Interlink on Jefferson Boulevard. One of the drivers involved had reportedly left the scene.

Upon arrival, Fitzsimmons spoke with the reporting party, who indicated she had been traveling in her 2015 Toyota Corolla when another vehicle, described as a black sedan, took a left turn and struck her car. The other vehicle then continued into the Interlink without stopping. The officer observed damage to the Toyota’s front driver’s side panel.

Along with another officer, Fitzsimmons was able to located the operator of the black sedan – identified as a 2019 Nissan Sentra – inside the Interlink. The Nissan, Fitzsimmons reports, had damage on the front driver side quarter panel which was consistent with the pieces laying in the roadway at the scene of the accident.”

Amaris Rivera, 41, 200 Sterry St., Pawtucket, was arrested on a charge of duty to stop for an accident resulting in damage to an attended vehicle and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

WITHOUT/EXPIRED LICENSE

Just after 6:30 p.m. on May 20, Officer Gian Micheletti responded to the Dave’s Marketplace on Airport Road for a report of a motor vehicle accident.

At the scene, Micheletti observed that a collision had occurred involving a 2001 Honda Accord and a 2010 Toyota Corolla. Both operators were checked by emergency personnel for injuries.

Micheletti then made contact with the female operator of the Honda, who is said to have acknowledged not having a driver’s license and having been previously arrested for driving without a license. A records check confirmed the woman did not have a driver’s license and had been convicted previously of driving without a license.

Natalia E. Beaumont, 21, 4 Frontier Road, Warwick, was arrested on a charge of driving without/expired license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. She was additionally cited for driving a vehicle with canceled registration and driving without insurance.

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