Several car thefts reported in Portsmouth

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PORTSMOUTH — Here are some highlights from the Portsmouth police log from over the past week.

Wednesday, June 25

Steven P. Lafave Jr., 26, of 30 Bible Hill Road, Bennington, N.H., was charged with driving while intoxicated after police received a report of an erratic driver in the area of Sandy Point Avenue around 2:30 p.m. Police said Mr. Lafave drifted in and out of his lane and nearly rear-ended a car in front of him.

Russell E. Browner II, 44, of 103 Tecumseh St., Apt. 2, Fall River, was arrested on two separate bench warrants issued from Second District and Family courts. Police made the arrest after stopping Mr. Browner’s car on West Main Road around 8:45 p.m. because it had two inoperable plate lights.

Thursday, June 26

A Vesper Lane resident told police two bags of tools and construction materials had been taken from his vehicle sometime overnight. Police said it appeared the vehicle had been left unlocked as there were no signs of forced entry. Police said there had been another report of a larceny from a motor vehicle in the neighborhood, and that police received a repot of a white male in his 20s walking through the General Sullivan Circle area jiggling vehicle door handles. The suspect fled in a tan Toyota Camry with a large dent in its rear passenger side, police said.

A Sea Meadow Drive resident told police three pairs of sunglasses had been taken from her unlocked car sometime between 10 p.m. the night before and 10 a.m. Thursday.

Friday, June 27

Matthew R. King, 38, of 269 Locust St., Fall River, was charged with driving after his license had been suspended at about 10:40 a.m. Police made the arrest after Mr. King’s car broke down on Turnpike Avenue at the entrance to CVS. Mr. King was waiting for a tow and police ran a check of his driving record.

Guy C. Kouame, 32, of 41 Somerset St., Providence, was charged with driving after his license had been suspended or revoked at about 11:30 a.m. Police stopped Mr. Kouame’s car for speeding on West Main Road near Raytheon. Police also charged him on a bench warrant issued by Sixth District Court.

All Island Landscape on East Main Road reported that a John Deer excavator had been vandalized sometime between 2:30 and 4 p.m. Two of its windows had been shattered by large rocks and the other windows had also been damaged, police said. The damage was estimated to be about $2,000.

Sunday, June 29

A 14-year-old boy was arrested shortly after midnight and charged with driving a vehicle without the consent of its owner — a felony — as well as driving without a license. Police responded to the area of 15 North Water St. after the car had struck a parked SUV there. The young driver said he had taken his father’s car from their Anthony Road residence without permission and lost control while turning the corner on Summit Drive at North Water Street. Another juvenile was a passenger in the car, police said. The driver’s father arrived on the scene and when police said they were going to arrest his son, he responded, “Please do so, so he learns a lesson,” according to the police report.

A Bay View Avenue resident told police that two pairs of sunglasses had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle sometime between 11 p.m. the night before and 9:30 a.m. this morning.

Jorge A. Schoen-Cruz, 36, of 576 Park Ave., was arrested on a bench warrant issued by Second District Court shortly before 4 p.m. An officer with prior knowledge of the warrant made the arrest after spotting Mr. Schoen-Cruz standing in front of his residence.

A Roger Wiliams Court resident reported at about 6:10 p.m. that someone had smashed the rear driver’s side window to his car overnight and stole a leather bag containing a Blackberry phone and a wallet.

Monday, June 30

Justin R. St. Germain, 27, of 1814 Stafford Road, Apt. 2, was charged with possession of schedule I, II, III, IV, V shortly after 5 p.m. Mr. St. German was a passenger in a car that was stopped on Route 24 near Freeborn Street because it had a loud muffler and its license plate had multiple registration stickers affixed to it. During a search of the car, police found several packets containing a white substance police believed to be heroin, as well as marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, according to police. The driver of the car was Mr. St. Germain’s father, Robert R. St. Germain, 55, of the same address, who was charged with driving with a suspended license.

Tuesday, July 1

William H. Lytle, 23, of 19 Collins St., Bristol, was charged with driving while intoxicated (first offense) and driving with a suspended license. Police stopped his car in the parking lot of Clements’ Marketplace shortly before 2 a.m. after it was observed speeding on East Main Road.

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