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WPD Reports Series of Tail Gate Thefts Among Larceny, Vandalism Calls Jan. 8 – 23

WARWICK, RI — The Warwick Police Department reported 10 larcenies and three vandalism calls throughout the city between Jan. 8 and Jan. 23, including five tail gate thefts from Ford trucks on Jan. 20, all of which remain under investigation.

ATV stolen: Jan. 8  31 Alvin St., 12:38 p.m. Officer Stephen Major was called to the address for a report of a stolen four-wheel ATV. A resident reported seeing a suspicious beat-up late model, dark-colored Jeep with a yellow plow in the area just before hearing someone start the ATV, and witnessing it being ridden down Hillard Street. Officers were unable to locate either the Jeep or the four-wheeler.

Rings Stolen: Jan. 8, 1500 Bald Hill Road, 12:47 p.m. A woman reported that at about 2:30 p.m., she discovered two rings she had removed while exercising with a trainer at LA Fitness had been stolen. One ring was a diamond carat worth $3,100. The second ring was silver with three diamonds, valued at $400. When she returned to look for the rings, she and the gym manager could not find them. The matter was referred to detectives.

Backpack stolen From Car: Jan. 15, 124 Everleath Ave., 3:30 p.m. A woman reported that her JanSport backpack had been taken from her car sometime overnight.Inside the backpack was a $300 Special Education assessment handbook. The backpack, with cheetah pattern, was worth $40.

Cell phone stolen: Jan. 17, 300 Toll Gate Road, 10:45 a.m. A woman reported she was visiting a doctor’s office, where she left her phone at 10:45 a.m. She returned at 12:45 p.m., but it was no longer there.

Car keyed, tire flattened: Jan. 19, 170 Jefferson Blvd., 8-9 p.m. A woman reported someone had keyed her 2009 Audi while parked at Teamworks. The key marks extended the entire length of her vehicle on both sides. The front right tire had also been flattened.

Tailgate stolen: Jan. 20, 338 Beach Ave., 8 a.m. A woman reported that sometime between 10 p.m. Jan. 19 and 8 a.m. Jan. 20, someone had stolen the tailgate off her 2012 Ford F-150. The woman said the tail gate had a custom liner on it that had been painted with a black rubber sealer.

Tailgate stolen: Jan. 20, 304 Point Ave., 11:51 a.m. Officer Dale Drowne responded for a report of a tailgate stolen from a 2012 Ford F-350 truck overnight. The tailgate had possibly been taken between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., the owners said, since they had heard some vehicle noise at about that time.

Tailgate stolen: Jan. 20, 18 Tidewater Dr., 1:11 p.m. Officer Dale Drowne responded for a second report of a tailgate stolen from a 2012 Ford F-350 truck. The owner said the tailgate has been taken sometime the previous night.

Tailgate stolen: Jan. 20, 13 Alpine St., 5 a.m. Officer Mike Harris was called for a report of a stolen tailgate from a Ford F-350 truck. The owner said he had parked the truck at 8 p.m., and noticed the theft at 5 a.m. the next day. The white tailgate was new and worth about $700.

Tailgate stolen: Jan. 20, 9 Glenco Road, 8:30 a.m. Officer Rose Michel responded for a report of a tail gate stolen from a Ford F20 truck. The owner said he had parked his truck in his driveway Jan. 19 and noticed it missing the following morning.The tail gate was valued at about $1,750.

Side mirror vandalized: Jan. 20, 30 Manning St., noon – 3 p.m. Officer Tammy Mello met with a woman who said that the side view mirror on her car had been vandalized the previous day. She said a straight line had been apparently melted through her side view mirror.

Larceny from car Jan. 22, 10 Andover Drive,  12:30 – 1 a.m. A Wayland, MA man reported a theft from his car just after midnight earlier that day. He said when he returned home after visiting on Andover Drive, he realized his wallet was missing from his car. He realized two fraudulent purchases had been made on his credit card, one for $12.99 and one for $35.53. He also had $270 in the wallet.

Larceny from car Jan. 22, 23 North Fair St.,  2:42 p.m. A North Fair Street homeowner reported that sometime between Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, someone had broken into his detached garage, stealing $2,850 in equipment. The man discovered the break in after noticing a damaged side door handle on the garage. Missing from the building were a $400 portable generator, $250 backpack leaf blower, $500 snow blower, two bicycles valued at $800, and a $900 set of golf clubs.

Camper dome window vandalized: Jan. 23, 2650 Warwick Ave., 10:33 a.m.  Officer Albert Marano was called to Dennis Diffley Services for a report of a vandalized camper. The owner said she walked out to the camper to ready it for sale and noticed someone had kicked in the plastic dome over the shower of the camper. The vandal did not appear to have gained access through the broken window, which was estimated at $1,000 to replace.


Rob Borkowski
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 Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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