The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Cranston Police
Officer Bradford Duclos reported a disturbance at 1302 Cranston St. around 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 17. Residents reported there was a man in front of the house that was pounding incessantly on the door of the residence. Duclos said he found the man pacing the driveway and throwing his arms in the air and asked him what he was doing. He said the man did not reply and kept pacing and pounding. He said he then approached him more forcefully and told him to put his hands on his head and he complied. He said the man apologized and told Duclos that he stepped outside to have a cigarette and locked himself out of the house. He said his girlfriend was inside and asleep with their newborn and he couldn’t wake her up to answer the door. Duclos said he asked the man for his name and ran the name with negative results. He said he asked his name again, ran the name and got negative results. He said the man finally admitted his name was Andrew Martinez, but that name came back with no results. Duclos said, at that point, he was taking the man in and put him in the back seat of his cruiser while he spoke with the neighbors and his girlfriend after she woke up, and Duclos learned his real name was Angel Martinez. He said Martinez, 30, of 1302 Cranston St., was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer.
A Cranston man was arrested at Bob’s Store on Oaklawn Avenue on Jan. 13 and charged with shoplifting a $99.99 pair of Reebok sneakers. A loss prevention agent at the store told Officer John Mastrati he decided to keep an eye on the man when he saw him enter the store in a black pair of slippers. He said he followed the man to the shoe department and saw him take the sneakers out of the box and put them on his feet and then conceal the slippers on another shoe rack before exiting the store without paying for the footwear. The agent told Mastrati he had video of the whole incident and Mastrati took the suspect, identified as Kerby Cadet, 27, of 35 Donna Dr., to headquarters, where he was charged with shoplifting. He was later released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
Two more people attempted to leave their old shoes and walk out of Bob’s with new sneakers on Jan. 16. Officer Luis Melendez reported he was dispatched to the store around 3:50 p.m. for a shoplifting in progress. Loss prevention at the store told dispatch they saw a man and woman go into the shoe department and each put on a pair of new sneakers and put the shoes they were wearing in the boxes. Melendez reported, “Mr. Gilchrist selected a pair of And1 Rocket 2.0 sneakers valued at $49.99 and Miss Decosta selected a pair of Nike Free Trifit Winter sneakers valued at $85.” Danielle L. Decosta, 30, of 176 Pilgrim Ave., Coventry, and Steven G. Gilchrist, 27, of 5 Sidney St., West Warwick, were stopped outside after they left the store without paying for the sneakers and then taken to headquarters, where they were charged with shoplifting and held for arraignment.
Officer Ryan Dimbleby said he was dispatched to the K-mart store on Garfield Avenue on Jan. 18 for a shoplifting suspect in custody. Loss prevention told Dimbleby they watched the man move his carriage to the men’s department, where he “selected an assortment of socks, t-shirts and briefs, placing them in his carriage.” They told Dimbleby he then proceeded to the shoe department, where he “selected two pairs of shoes and a backpack” and then conceal all the goods in the backpack after he removed the tags. They said they stopped Leotis P. Harris, 50, of 1 Cadillac Ave., Providence, outside and recovered the backpack and the other items worth a total of $112. He was taken to headquarters, charged with shoplifting and held for arraignment.
SHOULD HAVE LISTENED
Officer Albion Imondi reported he was working a detail at the Mardi Gras nightclub around 12:40 a.m. on Jan. 14 when he saw a Warwick man get expelled from the club for being obnoxious and drunk. He said he advised the man to just sit on the steps, where Imondi could keep an eye on him, and don’t even think of driving. He told the man to make arrangements for a ride because he was not going to drive. He said the man swore at him and refused to comply. He said the man stumbled away towards Uncle Tony’s parking lot and he followed him to make sure he did not start his car. He said the man got into his car behind the wheel and Imondi pulled him out of the car and brought him to the ground as he called for someone to help. He said dispatch came back with information that there was an arrest warrant out of West Warwick for Kevin J. Andrade, 28, of 147 Shand St., Warwick, relating to an incident earlier. He said they took Andrade back to the Mardi Gras and kept an eye on him until West Warwick came and arrested him.
DUI OR REFUSAL
Officer David Jubinville reported an accident behind Arlington Manor around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 16 where two men were reported leaving the scene to somewhere behind Aldi’s Market. He said he found a Chrysler 300 with a temporary tag and ordered the driver to shut the car off. He said he stayed with the driver while police looked for the second guy. He said the driver could barely stand and appeared to be very drunk. He said he gave the driver a field sobriety test and he failed it. Rory Ready, 22, of 222 Van Buren St., Warwick, was taken to headquarters, where he blew a .222 and a .223 blood alcohol content on the breath test. He was charged with DUI, first offense, and later released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
Officer Ross Manzotti said he was on patrol on Narragansett Boulevard around 3:10 a.m. when he saw a silver Jeep driving faster than was safe in the snow. He said he stopped the Jeep and had the driver do a field sobriety test that he failed. He said the driver was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and taken to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test. Miguel Gil, 21, of 68 Pembroke St., Providence, was charged with DUI and refusal and later released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
Officer Matthew Shaffran reported he was on patrol around 1 a.m. on Jan. 18 when he clocked a car doing 59 mph on Reservoir Avenue. He said he followed the car and saw it drifting from its lane before he pulled it over. He said he asked the driver to take a field sobriety test and the driver failed it. He said Ryan Thomas Iavarone, 35, of 197 Maryland Ave., Warwick, was charged with DUI and refusal after he turned down a breath test at headquarters. He was later released with a summons.
Officer Paul Laplume filed an almost poignant report about being dispatched to the old and now abandoned Cranston Print Works at Dyer Avenue and Cranston Street around 3:25 a.m. on Jan. 18. He said Cranston firefighters, from just across the street at Cranston Fire Station #3, were on the scene and explained to him that they responded to an alarm at the building but realized when they got to the Print Works that the key they were given for access to the building so many years ago didn’t work anymore. They had to break into the building to get at the source of the alarm. They told Laplume they checked out the area of the alarm and found no fire.
“The building appeared to be mostly vacant, aside from a couple of desks, and there was no fire present,” wrote Laplume.
After securing the building that faced their fire station for almost 100 years, they “secured the main gate to the property behind them. Nothing further to report.”