Police: Portsmouth man steals bike, tries to collect reward

Police: Portsmouth man steals bike, tries to collect reward


portsmouth-policePORTSMOUTH — A Bayview Apartments resident stole a bicycle from another tenant and then returned it in an attempt to collect the reward money, police said.

Steven B. Cox, 54, of 100 Almeida Terrace, Apt. 108, was charged with larceny of property under the value of $500, as well as vandalism/malicious injury to property.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday, Patrol Officer Matthew P. Daguanno responded to the apartment complex at 2121 West Main Road to speak with Kyle Braga in regards to his bicycle being stolen four days earlier. Mr. Braga made the call shortly after the bike — now spray-painted with silver paint — had been returned by Mr. Cox, police said.

Mr. Braga said he had left the bike in the front lobby on June 5 for short time and when he returned it was gone. He then posted a flyer in the lobby that requested the bicycle be returned for a $100 reward with “no questions asked,” police said.

On Saturday Mr. Braga got a call from Mr. Cox, who claimed he had bought the bike at Mobil Mart from another party, but would return it. He showed up with the bike — sporting the new paint job — on Sunday at 1:45 a.m.

At the time Mr. Cox denied painting the bike, claiming he had given a “25-year-old kid” $50 for it, and just wanted Mr. Braga to reimburse him for that amount, Mr. Braga told police. Mr. Braga said he gave Mr. Cox a $10 roll of quarters to “make him go away,” police said. Mr. Cox left only after Mr. Braga promised to get him $40 by noon.

Officer Daguanno went to Mr. Cox’s apartment and knocked. When Mr. Cox opened the door, the officer saw a stain on the living room rug — silver spray paint with “two distinct bicycle tire marks in it,” police said.

When the officer asked for a description of the man from whom he had purchased the bike, Mr. Cox said, “He was a guy, about your height with hair and eyes,” according to police.

After Officer Daguanno told Mr. Cox he could see the mark where he had spray-painted the bicycle, Mr. Cox replied, “I got drunk and I did something stupid again,” police said. Mr. Cox then admitted stealing and spray-painting the bike, police said.

Mr. Braga got his roll of quarters back.

Here are some of the other recent highlights from the Portsmouth police log:

Saturday, June 1

Brian Woodhead of the town’s Public Works Department reported an incident of illegal dumping to police at about 8 a.m. He said someone had dumped a Fiberglas bathtub and other construction debris in one of the town’s small dump trucks. According to Mr. Woodhead, an employee at the transfer station said a male party had tried to dispose of those items that morning, but declined when he learned a fee was involved.

Monday, June 3

Police said vandals crushed a bush, bent an antenna and dented the roof of an entrance way at St. John’s Masonic Hall, 81 Sprague St.

Tuesday, June 4

Kyle J. Mitchell, 21, of 22 Richmond St., Apt. 2, Bristol, was charged with simple assault, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest and violating a no-contact order after the car in which he was a passenger was stopped for speeding on Route 24 near Turnpike Avenue shortly after 2 p.m. Mr. Mitchell initially identified himself as Ryan Mitchell and gave a false birthdate, according to police. He pushed an officer and ran from the area, and after a short foot pursuit was brought to the ground, police said. There was an active no-contact order between Mr. Mitchell and the driver of the vehicle, police said, as well as a warrant for his arrest issued by Bristol police. A pipe containing marijuana that was found underneath the front passenger seat was seized, police said.

Wednesday, June 5

Matthew L. Johnston, 29, of Saunderstown, was charged with possession of marijuana, one ounce or less, after his car was pulled over for speeding around 6:25 a.m. on West Main Road near West Main Pizza.

Julieann M. Meteraud, 54, of 706 Park Ave., was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with an attended vehicle after a collision at about 11:30 p.m. Police said Ms. Meteraud’s vehicle was traveling north on West Main Road when it rear-ended a car being operated by John Crosby of Tiverton.

Richard J. Ziccardi, 48, of 591 Warren St., Fall River, was charged with driving with a suspended license after his car was stopped for running a stop sign on Middle Road at School House Lane around 11:45 p.m. Police said Mr. Ziccardi had three active bench warrants for his arrest.

Thursday, June 6

Robert E. Bishop, 19, of 40 John Chafee Boulevard, Newport, was charged with larceny of under $500 at about 9:30 p.m. Police said Mr. Bishop stole a pair of headphones owned by a student at the high school. Mr. Bishop told police he was playing basketball at the school and saw the headphones when he used the bathroom in the school locker room. The school filed a “no-trespass” order against Mr. Bishop, according to police.

Friday, June 7

Scott B. Davis, 47, of 38 Woodlawn Circle, Tiverton, was charged with making harassing or threatening text messages to a Norseman Drive resident at about 1:45 p.m.

Saturday, June 8

Lawrence A. Tashjian, 18, of 52 Sakonnet Drive, was charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct after police received a report of people trespassing at 515 Sandy Point Ave. shortly before 3 a.m. Police said they found an intoxicated Mr. Tashjian stumbling in the middle of Sandy Point Avenue, and two other males fled toward Adams Drive. Mr. Tashjian’s hand was cut and was bleeding. Police said six garage windows were smashed out at the home.