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WPD: Pizza App Fraud, Stolen Box Truck April 19 – May 4

Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
Warwick Police Headquarters at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

WARWICK, R.I. — Warwick Police responded to seven calls for crimes ranging from larceny and fraudulent credit card use to a stolen box truck report between April 19 and May 4.

Here are the details of those investigations.

Missing wallet at Christmas Tree Shops At 12:45 p.m. April 19, Officers Tammy Mello and Charles Boisseau were called to the Christmas Tree Shops store at 300 Quaker Ln for a report of a stolen or lost wallet.

A woman reported that between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. April 19, a woman reported losing her wallet while shopping in the store. The woman reported she was sure the wallet had been in her purse when she entered the store, because she had just checked it before entering.

In the wallet were the woman’s credit cards, driver’s license, checkbook and AAA card, along with personal photos.

Mello reviewed security footage of the store during the time the woman was shopping and did not find evidence that it had been stolen.

Wallet stolen from WalMart At 12:06 p.m. April 30, Officer Aaron Kay was called to the lobby at Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive for a woman reporting her wallet had been stolen at the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road.

The woman told Kay she had been shopping at the store the previous night, checking out at the self-service registers at about 5:54 p.m., then left her wallet in the carriage while packing her purchases into her vehicle. The woman said she drove a short distance from the store before realizing her mistake and drove back, but was unable to find her wallet.

The woman said her wallet contained about $350, blank personal checks, her license, birth certificate and social security card. The store’s loss prevention officer did not have footage of the wallet being taken from the site where it was reportedly left behind, according to the report.

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Box Truck stolen from Jefferson Boulevard At 7:25 a.m. May 2, Officer Alfred Silveira was called to 1177 Jefferson Boulevard for a reported theft of a box truck.

Upon arriving, Silveira spoke with the owner of the truck, a white 2000 Ford E-350 Box Truck. The man told Silveira that he had parked the truck in the lot at the address, as was his habit, at 3 p.m. May 1. When he returned the next day, the man told Silveira, the truck was missing.

The man told Silveira that the only distinguishing mark on the truck is a damaged drivers side door hinge, according to the report.

Silveira reported he would check with area businesses to obtain possible security camera footage of the lot during the time of the theft.

Catalytic converter removed from Gamm van At 9:29 a.m. May 3, Officer Gregory Accinno was called to The Gamm Theatre, 1245 Bald Hill Road, for a reported larceny of parts from a company van more than a month earlier.

Upon arriving, Accinno spoke with Shannon Carroll at the theater, who said the 2005 Chevrolet Express, which is always parked in the rear of the property and well-lit at night, had had its catalytic converter removed sometime between March 20 and March 25. Carroll said she was making the report for the company’s insurance records.

Package stolen from Warwick Neck home At 5:55 p.m., a Warwick Neck Avenue resident reported that a package they’d been expecting had been stolen from their home.

The woman said when she returned from work the package she had been expecting was in front of her house, opened, and the two cook shirts she had ordered, at $35 each, had been removed from the packaging.

Upon looking up the tracking information for the delivery through the U.S Postal Service, she said, she discovered that someone else had signed for the package, leaving the name “Adrondeu,” which is not her name.\

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Pizza Hut App Fraud At 9:58 p.m. May 3, Officer Randy Bell wasalled to Pizza Hut, 1627 Warwick Ave., for a report of a fraudulent credit card use through the business’s ordering app.

When Bell arrived, the cashier told him that shortly after receiving an order online at the pizza shop, she received a call from the customer, who stated he was calling from Washington State after getting an alert that his mobile Pizza Hut app had just been used to order a pizza. The purchase was not legitimate, the customer told the cashier.

When a man arrived to pick up the order, the cashier told him, “You are not the right person,” upon which the man ran outside the store and left in a blue sedan.

Bell asked the man who owned the account to call him about the report.

BB gun damages home window At 6:08 p.m. May 4, Officer John Madden was called to Maywood Avenue for a report of a window damaged by a BB gun.

Madden spoke with the woman living at the home, who said she discovered two BB-pellet holes in the front window of her home. She said the window had likely been shot sometime within the last two hours.

The damage to the window was estimated at about $500.

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.