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WPD Log: Lights, Tools, Boat Gear Stolen, Mystery Shopper Scam

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.

Editor’s note: The following Warwick, RI police activity was compiled from publicly available records obtained from the Warwick Police Department.

Flooring Tools Taken from Locked Van 

On Oct. 30 at about 9:17 a.m., Officer William Digiulio was called to a Keeley Avenue residence for a report of tools stolen from a van.

At the address, Digiulio spoke with a man who said he’d discovered several work tools stolen from his van, which had been locked, that morning, according to Digiulio’s report.

The man said he’d parked the van the previous day at about 2:30 p.m., then returned at about 9:30 p.m., but didn’t notice anything wrong until the following morning.

Digiulio reported that he inspected the van but could find no damage to the locks or windows.

Missing from the van were: A Siverline drum sander Pro 8, $4,000, two Bona edgers, $1,200, a Porter Cable radiator machine, $500 and belts for a drum sander valued at $180.

Mystery Shopper Scam Cheats Man out of $1,850 

On Oct. 30 at about 3:48 p.m., Officer  Eric Lima spoke with a man who had visited the lobby of the Warwick Police Station at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive to report a Mystery Shopper scam.

The man said he had received an email from a man calling himself John Hendrick claiming to work for Retail Active, Inc.

Hendrick told him he was recruiting him for a mystery shopper program, and sent the man a check for $1,850, which the man was to cash, then use to buy three $500 Green Dot cards, according to Lima’s report.

The man cashed the check, made the purchase and was then instructed to send the Green Dot info to Hendricks with a completed form. The check later bounced and the Green Dot cards were liquidated.

Lima reported the man said he didn’t expect anything to come of the case, but he wanted to file a report for reimbursement purposes.

Lights Stolen at Royal Crest Estates 

On Oct. 28 at 11 a.m., Officer Joshua Myer was called to Royal Crest Estates on Cedar Pond Drive for a report of lights stolen from the property.

At the address, Myer spoke with the manager, Scott Parkinson, who said one of his technicians had notified him that morning that three of their lights had been damaged and two had been stolen.

The two stolen lights were fluorescent and the other was a high-powered LED retro-fit. The wires had been pulled from the ground to remove the lights. The fluorescent lights were valued at $200 each, the LED at $400, according to Myer’s report.

The total estimated cost to replace the lights was estimated between $1,000 and $1,200.

Myer noted the LED light appeared to have been damaged in an attempt to remove it.


Boat Cover Stolen from Greenwich Bay Marina

On Oct. 27 at 4:10 p.m., Officer Jason Brodeur was called to Greenwich Bay Marina for a reported larceny.

At the address, Brodeur spoke with a boat owner who had received a call from the Marina telling him the boat cover had been stolen off of his speedboat.

At 3 p.m. that day, the owner said, he arrived at the marina and discovered the rope holding his cover on the boat had been cut, the cover itself indeed missing.

In addition to the boat cover, worth about $2,000, a number of other items had also been taken from the boat, including the two propellers, worth a total of $1,800, ten life jackets worth $25 each, a Garmin 498 GPS valued at $600, a pair of binoculars and various lengths of rope.

Lights Stolen at Sparrows Point 1

On Oct. 22 at 10:41 a.m., Officer Joshua Myer was called to 311 Hardig Road, (Sparrows Point 1) for a report of a larceny.

Once at the address, Myer spoke with the manager, Debra Weick, who said two LED lights valued at $400 had been stolen from the front of the apartment complex sometime the previous night. The lights had been located on Hardig Road near the Sparrows Point 1 sign, Myer wrote in his report.

The wires on both lights had been cut and taped, according to the report.




Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

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