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Police Log: Teens Arrested For Taking Chisel To Cole Building

Information about the following incidents was supplied by the East Greenwich Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.


Monday, Sept. 24

11:24 a.m. – A shopowner on Main Street reported that an unregistered car was parked in front of her store. Police had the car towed.

12:34 p.m. – A River Farm resident reported she was defrauded of $3,600 through an online purchase of a pickup truck. She wired $2,400 via Western Union to the seller, someone in Wisconsin. She received an email that there was a discrepancy in the amount received and she needed to send an additional $1,200, which she did. Google Checkout had said the funds would be held for 10 days, allowing for the receipt and inspection of the truck before the funds were released. The truck was never delivered and her attempts to reach the seller or someone from Google Checkout were unsuccessful.

10:31 p.m. – Police cited a Coventry man for driving an unsafe vehicle after there was a report of a car accident on Division Street. The car was found about a quarter mile down the street at Division and Howland Drive. The car was significantly damaged so police issued a Municipal Court summons because the driver continued to operate the car after the damage and the car was towed from the scene.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

5:17 p.m. – Police arrested Andrea DiGiovanni, 22, of Main Street, for driving without ever applying for a license after he was stopped on Duke Street near King Street for speeding. Police issued two violations – for speeding and the license infraction – and his car was turned over to a relative.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

7:31 a.m. – Police arrested Alexander Van Haaren, 22, of Hill Top Drive in Warwick, for driving with a suspended license after he was stopped on Main Street because he wasn’t wearing a selt belt. He was cited for the seat belt violation and issued a court summons at the scene. A relative came to drive the car from the scene.

12:08 p.m. – Police arrested Fernando Ruiz, 46, of Wallace Street in Providence, for driving without a license, having never applied. He was stopped driving on First Avenue because his windshield was cracked on the driver’s side. He was issued a court summons and released. No word on what happened to the car.

1:13 p.m. – Police arrested Anthony Russo, 19, of Mawney Street, for driving with a suspended license after he was stopped on Main Street for not wearing his seat belt. He was cited for the seat beat violation, issued a court summons and released at the scene. A passenger drove the car from the scene.

2 p.m. – Police arrested three juveniles for damaging the exterior wall at Cole Middle School with a chisel. The three teenage boys – one 13-year-old and two 16-year-olds – were caught by the principal, who called police. They were turned over to their parents.

3:56 p.m. – Police arrested Michele Grimes, 43, of Whippoorwill Road in Warwick, for driving with a suspended license after she was stopped while driving on Main Street because of an expired registration sticker on her car. Grimes was issued a court summons and the car was driven from the scene by a friend.

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