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Police Log: Problems At CVS, Traffic On Tamarack

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


Tuesday, Jan. 7

7:45 a.m. – Someone notified police that a man was video-taping cars as they let students off on Tamarack Drive near the access road connecting Tamarack to East Greenwich High School. Police met with the man, who lives on Tamarack Drive. He told police he was taping the cars – not the students – because of traffic concerns in the area, in particular, middle school students who have to walk through the traffic en route to the bus stop in the morning. The man said he counted 110 cars dropping off students this morning.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

5:03 p.m. – An East Greenwich resident reported having been threatened while pulling out of a parking space at the CVS on South County Trail. She told police a man driving a blue car pulled up behind her as she was attempting to back up and told her she needed to learn how to drive, adding some expletives. She said he then threatened to kill her and her children, who were sitting in the back seat. When he walked into the pharmacy, she took a photo of his car, drove home and contacted police. She said she did not want to pursue charges but wanted police informed. Police checks turned up the owner of the car as a man from Voluntown, Conn.

7:10 p.m. – A supervisor at CVS reported a woman stole four boxes of baby formula from the store. She said the woman had appeared nervous when returning a prepaid cell phone prompting the supervisor to review surveillance video. The video showed the same woman entering the store, putting two boxes of baby formula into a large bag, leaving with the merchandise without paying for it, dropping it in her car, then returning to repeat the theft. Because the woman returned the phone, however, the store had her driver’s license information, which they turned over to police. The woman was identified as living in Providence.

Friday, Jan. 10

10 a.m. – An East Greenwich woman reported attempted internet fraud. She said she does sales and was contacted by a new client who ordered $612 worth of merchandise but then sent a check for $2,159.99. The client apologized and said she was deaf and so was unable to communicate by phone and asked the woman to send the difference to a relative in Georgia. The woman instead called the bank the check was drawn on and learned it was fraudulent. While the woman was not out any money, she wanted the incident documented.

Mariann January 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM
In this day & time, I'm sorry to hear one would press charges against someone taking baby formula.
EG Parent January 16, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Stealing is not the answer, no matter what the reason! There are plenty of social service agencies and organizations out there to help those in need. So instead of being maybe a bit "embarrassed " to ask for help, she now has a police record. Great role model for that baby!
Gary S. Carlson January 16, 2013 at 02:53 PM
They are not stealing to feed their kid. They are stealing to to sell the items at a flea market. Go to a flea market and look at all the cosmetics, tooth whiteners and items that are shoplifted from stores such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid !!!
RITaxpayer January 16, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Powdered baby formula has been used for years to cut cocaine, heroin, and I think, meth-amphetamines. Drug pushers love it because it's safe and has the right consistency to mix with the other drugs.

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