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WPD Log: DUI, Stolen Rims, Shoplifters

Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Editor’s note: The following publicly available arrest information and police reports  were provided by the Warwick Police Department. Arrests reflect charges against an individual, who is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Warwick, RI – Local officers responded to DUI calls, reports of rims stolen from cars and shoplifting complaints during in late December and early 2015:

Crash leads to DUI arrest – On Dec. 24 at 1:35 a.m., Warwick Police arrested Brandon J. Smith, 26, of 60 Boston St., Coventry, charging him with DUI following a call for car crash at 510 Quaker Lane.

Smith told police he had just left Fat Belly’s Pub, according to Officer Rose Michel’s report. The officer noticed Smith had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol on his breath. Smith told the officer he’d had two drinks.

Smith also said he’d been driving his silver 2007 Chevy Impala and had rear-ended the gray 2006 Lexus involved in the crash.

Michel asked Smith to perform a series of sobriety tests, then arrested Smith, charging him with DUI, blood alcohol content unknown, and cited him for refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Company car’s rims stolen – On Dec. 29 at 8:50 a.m., Warwick Police were called to 1783 Elmwood Ave., D&H Auto Collision, for a report of stolen rims and tires.

Officer Tomas Bogusz spoke with a representative from the company, who told him they’d found the tires and rims missing from a 2013 Honda Accord owned by the company that morning, according to his report.

The rims and tires were valued at $4,000.

Toyota left on blocks – On Dec. 30 at 7:30 a.m., Warwick Police were called to a Warwick Neck Avenue residence for a report of tires and rims stolen from a car.

At the address, Officer Tomas Bogusz spoke with the car’s owner, who told him that she’d discovered the rims and tires missing, her 2013 Toyota Avalon resting on blocks, earlier that morning, according to his report. The lug nuts were left nearby.

The rims and tires were valued at $4,000

Sears shoplifter lifts watch – On Jan. 1 at 5:52 p.m., Warwick Police were called to Sears at 650 Bald Hill Road, for a report of shoplifting.

At the scene, Officer Quentin Tavares reported, he spoke with the store’s loss prevention associate, who said he’d observed Daniel Bigelo, 32, of 20 Wisteria Dr., Coventry, take a men’s watch out of its packaging and placing it in a pocket before leaving the store with it.

The loss prevention associate intercepted Bigelow outside the store and confronted him, asking him to return to the store with him. Bigelo admitted to shoplifting and returned to the store.

Inside, he produced the watch, valued at $65.95. Tavares charged him with shoplifting.

JC Penny shoplifter attempts self checkout – On Jan. 3 at 1:09 p.m., Warwick Police were called to JC Penny at 400 Bald Hill Road for a report of shoplifting.

Inside the store, a loss prevention associate told Officer Joshua Myer that she’d witnessed Svetlanna G. Pustylnik, 62, of 98 Wolaston St., Cranston, select multiple items, then go behind a sales counter, select a bag, put the items in it, and leave the store without paying for them.

The loss prevention associates confronted Pustylnik outside the store, and escorted her back inside, where she returned the items, valued at $40.95.

Myer charged Pustylnik with one count of shoplifting.








Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

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