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Police Reports May 20-25: Vandals, Radiator Theft, Shoplifting Arrests

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Warwick, RI – Editor’s note: The following is a partial account of police activity and arrests from May 20 through May 25. An arrest reflects a charge against the individual, not a conviction.

Graffiti vandals mark Tollgate High School field house


On May 25 at about 10:20 p.m., officers responded to Tollgate High School at 575 Centerville Road for a report of vandalism.

When Officer Julio Benros arrived, he discovered the words, “They are watching” and what appeared to be “oHOHe” written on the school’s field house in black paint. Benros also saw a smilely face with a word bubble, with “NOBAMA” next to it.

Police investigate stolen radiators on Spring Garden Street

Warwick Police are investigating the theft of 14 radiators reported stolen from a home on Spring Garden Street May 22.

Officer Julio Benros responded to a home in the neighborhood and spoke with the owner, who said the radiators weighed a combined 2,000 lbs and were valued at $1,000. He said he’d last seen them in front of the garage on his property around May 8.

Neighbors said a man, 5’8″, 120 lbs with gray hair, about 50 years old, had stopped and asked about the radiators around May 8. The man had been driving an older model gold sedan.

Warwick Police also disclosed the following reports:

  • On May 20 at 6:08 p.m., Warwick Police arrested Joyce Lyn Baxter, 31, of 42 Providence St., West Warwick at the Walmart on Bald Hill Road, charging her with shoplifting and habitual offender, shoplifting. The store’s loss prevention officer said she selected a $18.97 purse from the store, slung it over her shoulder and walked out without buying it.  Police arrested Baxter and transported her to Warwick Police Headquarters, where it was discovered she had been convicted of shoplifting in 2008, 2010 and 2013.
  • On May 20 at 8:01 p.m., officers arrested Miguel Jusino, 29, of 189 Clarence St., 2nd Fl, Providence, charging him with shoplifting a $139 Panosonic microwave oven from the Walmart on Bald Hill Road. The store’s loss prevention officer told police Jusino had attempted to carry the oven out of the store without buying it, but complied when confronted outside and asked to return to the store with the merchandise, according to the police report.
  • On May 21 at 2:08 p.m., Warwick Police arrested Samantha Baker, 21, of 88 KG Ranch Road, Richmond, RI, charging her with shoplifting $120 in clothes from the JC Penny store at Warwick Mall. The store’s loss prevention officer told police Baker had entered the fitting room with several items of clothing, then left the room wearing several of the items: a black and white jumper, black bathing suit top, four tank tops and black shorts, worth $120, attempting to leave without paying for them. When confronted, Baker admitted to attempting to steal the items.
  • On May 23, at 2:51 p.m., Warwick Police arrested Seth Cekala, 38 of 1295 Main St., West Warwick, charging him with shoplifting an Android Virgin Mobile cell phone worth $59.99 from the Target store at Warwick Mall.
  • On May 23, at 1:39 p.m., Warwick Police arrested Raymond Kirstopher Kaegael, 54, of 8 Somerset St., Providence, charging him with shoplifting $207 worth of copper wire from the Lowes on Greenwich Avenue.
  • Warwick Police responded to a home on Fairfax Drive May 23 at 10:52 a.m. for a report of a carton of Seneca cigarettes and $20 in change stolen from a car overnight.
  • On May 23 at about 9 p.m., Warwick Police responded to a Royland Road residence for a report of two cars with slashed tires. One vehicle had its passenger side tires slashed, the other had all four tires slashed.
Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

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