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Police Log 08/19/21

Posted 8/26/21

STOLEN VEHICLE At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, Officer Connor Bemis and other officers responded to the area of Post Road and Natick Avenue for a report of a stolen motor vehicle. Bemis reports the owner of the vehicle was tracking its location

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Police Log 08/19/21

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STOLEN VEHICLE

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, Officer Connor Bemis and other officers responded to the area of Post Road and Natick Avenue for a report of a stolen motor vehicle.

Bemis reports the owner of the vehicle was tracking its location through the “find my iPhone” app. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Pawtucket.

Bemis observed the vehicle in question in the parking lot of the CVS at 2790 Post Road. Officers established a perimeter and canvassed for possible suspects. Shortly thereafter, a female suspect entered the vehicle and was taken into custody.

According to Bemis, the suspect at one point acknowledged to officers that she was in possession of illegal drugs. A Rhode Island State Police trooper responded to the scene to conduct a search of the suspect, the officer reports, and a substance believed to be crack cocaine was found on the suspect’s person. The substance – in a quantity of roughly one-tenth of a gram – was later confirmed to be crack cocaine through testing.

Shannon Nicole Godbout, 37, no address listed, was arrested on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. She was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing and later taken to Kent Hospital for treatment.

DUTY TO STOP

Just after 9:30 p.m. on March 25, Sgt. Gregory Johnson and Officer Paris Norwood responded to the Seasons Corner Market at 1190 Quaker Lane for a report of a hit-and-run incident.

At the scene, the reporting party and a male passenger in her vehicle told police that a man who appeared to be intoxicated had started yelling at a cashier in the store and engaging in “belligerent behavior.” Her male passenger told police he watched the situation and intervened after the belligerent man “began making offensive comments about Native Americans and Pilgrims.” At that point, the man approached the male passenger, “getting very close to him and began screaming at him,” according to Norwood’s report.

The reporting party then entered the store, at which point the belligerent man threatened to spit in her face, Norwood’s report reads.. He then left the store and entered a pickup truck, possibly a Ford Ranger. As the reporting party returned to her vehicle, a Volkswagen Passat, “the male abruptly put his vehicle in reverse and sped, at a high rate of speed, into [the reporting party’s] vehicle.” The pickup then sped away from the scene.

Norwood observed damaged to the Volkswagen consistent with the accounting of events provided by the reporting party and other witnesses. Two days later, police received security camera footage of the incident, and images of the suspect were circulated via social media in attempt to identify him.

Detective Christian Vargas reports receiving an anonymous tip on April 27 that allowed police to identify the suspect. After additional investigation, a warrant was issued for the man’s arrest on charges of disorderly conduct and duty to stop for an accident resulting in damage to an attended vehicle.

Shortly before 5:30 a.m. on July 27, Officer Rahja Laster responded to 1200 Quaker Lane to take custody of Robert P. Lynch, 57, 1765 Division Road, East Greenwich, on the warrant. Lynch had been in the custody of East Greenwich Police.

Lynch was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing and later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

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Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 10, Officer Kyle Fitzsimmons responded to the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle accident.

At the scene, Fitzsimmons observed a 2002 BMW 330I with “heavy front end damage” and a 2020 Toyota Tacoma with rear-end damage.

He made contact with the operator of the Toyota, who said her vehicle had been rear-ended by the BMW. The Toyota’s operator said the female operator of the BMW had approached her after the collision and asked her not to contact police because she did not have an active driver’s license. The Toyota’s operator said when she indicated she was going to contact police, the BMW’s operator fled south on Jefferson Boulevard on foot.

Shortly thereafter, another officer located the BMW’s operator on Jefferson Boulevard. The Toyota’s operator was taken to that location and “positively identified” the woman as the suspect, according to Fitzsimmons.

Kelly A. Medico, 36, 35 Schofield St., Apt. 3, Pawtucket, was arrested on charges of duty to stop for an accident resulting in damage to an attended vehicle and driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense. She was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing and held pending an appearance before a bail commissioner. She was additionally cited for intervals between vehicles.

SHOPLIFTING

Shortly after 2 p.m. on July 27, Officer Johnathan DiPietro responded to Instyle Sunglasses at the Warwick Mall for a report of a shoplifting incident earlier that day.

At the scene, an employee told DiPietro that at approximately 12:44 that afternoon, he was sitting at his kiosk workspace when two men approached him. As one of the men asked for directions to the restroom, the other took a pair of Burberry sunglasses valued at $345 and left without paying.

Mall security provided security camera footage of the incident, which was documented and forwarded to detectives.

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Shortly before 3:30 p.m. on July 28, Officer Michael Rocchio responded to ULTA Beauty at 1350 Bald Hill Road for a report of a shoplifting incident that occurred a few days prior.

At the scene, a manager told Rocchio that at approximately 11:40 a.m. on July 24, three people – two women and one man – entered the store and concealed multiple items in their clothing, including a curling iron, a fragrance tester, and makeup products. The three suspects then exited the store without making any attempt to pay for the concealed items, which had a combined value of more than $200. The manager told Rocchio people matching the description of the suspects were believed to be responsible for other shoplifting incidents at ULTA’s Fall River and Middletown locations.

Rocchio reviewed security camera footage, and the matter was documented and forwarded to detectives.

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At approximately 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 2, Officer Michael Rocchio and other officers responded to the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress.

Dispatch advised that the two male suspects were still inside the store. Rocchio and other officers waited outside until receiving word from loss prevention personnel that the men were exiting the building. At that point, they were taken into custody.

A loss prevention associate at the store told police the suspects had been observed removing Hyper Tough work lights from their packaging and concealing the lights within other merchandise. The associate said the men then “under-rang” their purchases at a self-checkout line before exiting the store without paying for the concealed merchandise.

The stolen lights, which had a combined value of more than $111, were recovered.

Maicol Del Rosario Alonzo, 31, 56 Waveland Ave., Johnston, and Joel B. Arias Tejeda, 24, 127 Lexington Ave., Apt. 2, Providence, were each arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. Both men were later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.

SUSPENDED LICENSE

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. on July 30, Officer Kyle Fitzsimmons was on Post Road when he observed a northbound vehicle with a Texas buyer tag that was partially blocked by a bike rack.

“I was traveling southbound on Post Road and turned around in order to position my patrol vehicle behind the vehicle,” the office reports. “The vehicle quickly made a left hand turn down Fresno Road as it increased speed.”

Fitzsimmons conducted a check of the area and located the vehicle parked in a lot at Imera Avenue and Fresno Road. “The vehicle now had the driver’s seat completely reclined with no head rest visible,” he reports.

Fitzsimmons approached the vehicle and found its male operator lying down in the driver’s seat. The man was detained, and a records check revealed he did not have an active license and was wanted on an active bench warrant issued from Third Division District Court.

Brian Edward Mercurio, 49, 6 Seneca St., Warwick, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was additionally cited for operating without evidence of registration. He was later taken to the Adult Correctional Institutions on the warrant.

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