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Police Beat: Caught in the Act, Shoplifting Michael Kors Handbags

Recent incidents and arrests reported by Cranston Police.

The following incidents were reported by Cranston Police. They do not indicate a conviction.

MAN CATCHES THIEVES IN THE ACT
A local man caught two suspects in the act of trying to steal a bike June 16, eventually leading to the arrest of a West Warwick man on charges of attempted larceny and several unrelated warrants.

According to police, the victim, identified by police as an employee at the Adult Correctional Institutions, told police that he woke up to the sound of his dog barking and when he went outside, saw two men rummaging through his vehicle.

When he confronted the two suspects, the allegedly threatened him prior to leaving the scene.

Police caught up to Sao R. Te, 39, of 39 Payan St., West Warwick, as he tried to flee down Webster Avenue.

Police said Te claimed he was coming from his “baby momma’s” house nearby.

The victim positively identified Te as one of the suspects.

Te was charged with attempted larceny and three warrents.

A search of the area for a second suspect did not turn up anyone.

PROBABLY DRINKING
Cranston Police issued several municipal court summonses to a 36-year-old Providence man after he was stopped for speeding on Reservoir Avenue.

After the traffic stop, police said they saw an open bottle of rum on the back seat of the car being driven by Rashaad O. Dailey, of 126 Dodge St., Providence. There were also water droplets on the side of the car, leading police to believe that Dailey discarded a drink while trying to lose sight of an officer who clocked him driving 74 mph on Route 37 just before he took the New London Avenue onramp to Route 2.

Daily was issued summonses for speeding, failing to use a turn signal, not carrying a license, no proof of insurance and driving while in the presence of an alcoholic beverage.

According to a police report, “dispatch advised there was a call for a possible shooting” after the summonses were completed. “Due to the importance of the call, I did quickly issue the summonses’ do Daily and cleared the scene.” 

FOUND GPS
A Cranston woman waved down an officer on routine patrol June 16 and handed him a plastic bag containing a GPS unit.

Police said the woman, identified as Paula Zampini, said she found the GPS at the end of her front yard and it didn’t belong to her.

The home address listed in the unit returned a Reservoir Avenue address.

Police placed the GPS unit into evidence. 

SHOPLIFTING
Cranston Police charged Lynn M. Constantino, 54, of 7 Surrey Lane, Lincoln, with felony shoplifting June 16 after she was caught stealing more than $500 worth of sunglasses and Michael Kors handbags fro the Garfield Avenue TJ Maxx.

Police said Constantino was observed by store security concealing the two handbags in her purse after rolling them up.

She then went into a changing room, wrapping up merchandise before trying to walk out of the store without paying.

Cranston Police charged Angela M. Ferrer, 41, of 5 Heather Hollow Road, West Greenwich, with shoplifting July 17 after she allegedly stole Abreva and Tums from the Atwood Avenue Rite Aid.

Police said Ferrer was recorded on store security cameras. She was seen putting the items into her purse and walking out without paying.

Police managed to get a license plate number from the car she drove away in.

Store employees identified Ferrer after police used a photo lineup to make sure they properly connected the car to the shoplifting suspect.

NO LICENSE
Cranston Police charged Oyan Michael Thornton, 38, of 14 Leige St., Providence, with driving without a license June 15 after a routine traffic stop.

Police said Thornton was observed driving a blue Honda Accord and drove through the intersection of Dennis Avenue and Northup Street.

Cranston Police charged Michael P. Melo, 32, of 64 Blanding Ave., Barrington, with reckless driving and driving with a suspended license June 15 after an officer on routine patrol clocked him driving 95 mph on Route 37 near the Natick Avenue on-ramp.

Police said Melo made a reckless right turn onto Natick Avenue before he was pulled over.

The car he was driving was bought by his girlfriends just two days earlier, police said.

Police charged Carlos Morales, 18, of 185 Linwood St., Providence, with driving with a suspended license June 15 after he was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Green Avenue.

Police said had difficulty speaking English and did not have proper identification.

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