Warren police briefs: Stolen rings, debit cards and cocaine

Warren police briefs: Stolen rings, debit cards and cocaine


Stones vandalized

Vandals struck at the North Burial Ground sometime before last Monday, when a caretaker came across three stones that had been broken and knocked over. The caretaker called police, who said Tuesday that it looked like kids partying in the area may have knocked them over. Some of the stones in the old cemetery date back to the 1700s, though it’s not known how old the damaged stones are.

Delayed arrest

Almost a year after his arrest, a Water Street man faces a charge of possession of controlled substances. Police arrested Brendan M. Berry, 45, of 130 Water St. last Monday and charged him on a warrant that stems from a Nov. 9, 2011 incident in which police received a report of a man acting strangely near Water and Sisson streets. When they arrived, police said Mr. Berry appeared to be under the influence of some kind of drug; he allegedly told officers that he had cocaine back in his apartment. Officers searched the apartment, seized the suspected cocaine and sent it out for testing. Police did not say why it took nearly a year to arrest Mr. Berry on a warrant.

Stolen debit card

A Warren woman faces a host of charges after a co-worker of hers noticed her debit card missing and took action. The victim told police that after noticing her card missing she went online to check recent activity. After seeing several transactions she didn’t recognize, she went to the stores listed on the statement and was given a description of the woman who used the card; she recognized the woman as a co-worker. Police investigated her claims and subsequently charged Elizabeth R. Costa, 33, of 39 Sowamsett Ave., with larceny under $1,500, and on two counts of fraudulent use of credit cards.

Stolen ring found

A Swansea man was charged late last week with receiving stolen goods after a woman he allegedly victimized found her stolen ring at a cash for gold store in Warren. Police said they received a call from a Swansea woman who said a gold ring had been stolen from her recently, and that she’d found the ring at the Warren Exchange cash for gold store at Main and Water streets. Police came down and talked to employees, who told them the ring had been sold by Dylan B. Hodgate, 26, of Swansea.