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Warwick Police Log 07-01-21

Posted 7/1/21

MAN PULLED FROM WATER Just before 7:30 p.m. on June 28, Officer Thomas Paine and other officers responded to the Oakland Beach Seawall for a report of an unresponsive man in the water. Fire and rescue personnel were already on scene when Paine arrived

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Warwick Police Log 07-01-21

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MAN PULLED FROM WATER

Just before 7:30 p.m. on June 28, Officer Thomas Paine and other officers responded to the Oakland Beach Seawall for a report of an unresponsive man in the water.

Fire and rescue personnel were already on scene when Paine arrived and had located the man at the far end of the seawall, near the boat ramp parking lot. CPR was being administered. The man was then transported to Kent Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to witnesses Paine spoke with, the man had been swimming off the beach before he began to struggle in the water. He then stopped moving and began floating face-down. It was estimated the man had been floating for less than a minute before he was brought to shore and people at the scene began administering CPR.

COMPUTER ACCESS

Just after 8 p.m. on March 17, Officer Sara Goes responded to Warwick Police headquarters to speak with a woman regarding a report of fraud.

The woman told Goes that early on that day, she had gone to a Bank of America location on Bald Hill Road to use an ATM. She believed she had dropped her debit card, which she later discovered was missing, somewhere near the ATM or in the parking lot.

Then, at approximately 4 p.m., the woman noticed a number of fraudulent purchases had been made using her debit card. The charges included more than $46 at the Olive Garden on Universal Boulevard, nearly $10 at Haxton’s Liquors on Bald Hill Road, and approximately $125 combined purchases at a Dollar General in Coventry and an Exxon station in West Warwick.

The woman told Goes she had subsequently contact Olive Garden and obtained a description of the customers – one man and one woman – believed to have used her card.

Goes conducted additional investigation, and a warrant was subsequently issued for one suspect in the case on a charge of computer access, which is a felony.

Just before 12:30 p.m. on June 18, Officer Justin Martin responded to headquarters to take custody of Amanda L. Fritsche, 38, 208 East St., Cranston, on the warrant for one count of computer access. Fritsche was transferred from the custody of Rhode Island State Police. She was held pending an appearance before a bail commission.

SHOPLIFTING

Shortly after noon on June 24, Officer Joseph DiIorio responded to the Macy’s at the Warwick Mall for a report of two shoplifting suspects in the custody of store personnel.

At the scene, an asset protection employee told DiIorio that two men had been observed entering the store with brown bags. The men then began to “collect assorted items from the shelves placing them into the bags.”

The men are said to have exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the items, at which point they were met by employees and escorted back inside. Two bottles of cologne, four pairs of swimming shorts, one pair of men’s shorts and a pair of shoes – items with a combined value of $613 – were recovered.

Luis Pena Perez, 18, 45 Whittier Ave., Providence, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. ***

Just before 1:30 p.m. on May 31, Officer Thomas Greene responded to the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress.

Dispatch advised that a female suspect was attempting to leave the store with a significant amount of merchandise. Officers were then advised the woman had entered a Ford pickup truck.

As other officers searched for the vehicle, Greene went inside Walmart to speak with a loss prevention associate. The associate told the officer that the woman had been observed on security camera video as she behaved suspiciously, selecting items at random “without checking prices or sizes.”

The woman then exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the items. When she was met by store employees, she ran from the scene, leaving the merchandise. A total of 143 items with a combined value of nearly $2,023 were recovered.

Other officers then located a vehicle matching the description of the one the suspect was believed to have entered. Through contact with its operator and a records check, police were able to identify the Walmart theft suspect, although she was not located in the area. A warrant was subsequently issued for the woman’s arrest on a charge of shoplifting.

Just after 3 p.m. on June 12, Officer William Holz responded to Warwick Police headquarters to take custody of Gail V. Deaett, 41, 6 Anthony Road, Foster, on the warrant. Deaett was transferred from the custody of Rhode Island State Police. After processing, she was transported to the Adult Correctional Institutions to be held on a prior bench warrant.

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