Bristol police: Men posing as water employees try to scam an elderly resident


The following report is compiled from the Bristol Police Department call log for the week of Oct. 7 - 14, 2013:

Monday, Oct. 7

A caller reported there there was a suspicious green suitcase in a Hope Street parking lot. Upon arrival, police saw that the suitcase was open and that it was safe. It had been discarded.

Someone stole firewood from a Vernon Avenue home, and hearing aids from a home on North Lane.

A caller reported a suspicious tall male in the area of Mt. Hope Avenue. Police checked the area and spoke with the caller.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

A dog was struck and killed by a car on Hope Street.

After conducting bar checks in the area of Wood Street, officers saw Edward R. Brown, 28, of 170 Bradford St., exit an establishment at 1:17 a.m. Mr. Brown was known to police to have an active warrant for his arrest for failure to appear for suspended license hearing. He was taken into custody.

Police stopped a white box-truck because a passenger appeared to be Aaron Carlos Braz, 22, of 9 Francine St. Mr. Braz was known to police to have an active warrant for his arrest for failure to appear for a suspended license hearing. He was taken into custody.

A caller reported that a female was on Mt. Hope Bridge shortly after 6:30 p.m., possibly taking pictures. She was gone before police arrived.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

A caller reported at 3:45 a.m. that the Safeway Auto wind turbine was making an excessive amount of noise and wanted to speak with a police officer about the issue. Police arrested Sean McCarthy, 30, of Somerset, Mass., on charges of obtaining money under false pretenses, over $1,500. An investigation revealed that Mr. McCarthy had done some work at a residence, and there was a discrepancy as to whether the money he was paid went toward a new A/C unit. Police later found out that Mr. McCarthy did cash a check for the work he was supposed to have done, but did not complete.

A patient at Bristol County Medical Center reported he was bit by a dog.

A female reported that she had been pulled over by an unknown male in a maroon van, who demanded money from her because she was involved in an accident with him.

Thursday, Oct. 10

A summons was issued to the owner of an abandoned car on Court Street, for violating a town ordinance.

A Noyes Avenue resident reported that his mother had his car keys and refused to give them back.

A bouncer checking IDs at a bar in downtown confiscated one owned by Patrick M. Darienzo III, 20, of Merrick, NY. He was arrested on charges of providing a misstatement of age.

A caller reported that four black males were trying to put a boat on the back of a pickup truck. Officers could not locate the men.

Friday, Oct. 11

A caller reported that a male was in the area of Bay View and Thompson avenues, kicking over trash cans.

At 1:31 a.m., police advised the residents of a Thompson Avenue home to turn their music down and take it in for the evening.

DEM was asked to respond to an area of Mulberry Road for a sickly possum.

Amanda Sem, 20, of Walpole, Mass., was arrested on charges of underage possession and consumption of alcohol. Police had been conducting ID checks at establishments on Thames Street. She was not old enough to be drinking, and police didn't know how she got into the bar.

A Roma Street caller reported that her computer had been hacked and numerous passwords were changed.

A caller reported that a white van took items off a shipping truck and took off towards the downtown area.

Police responded to an area of Coggeshall Avenue for a neighbor dispute.

Evan T. Sims, 28, of 215 Wood St., was arrested on a bench warrant charge for failure to appear for an ability to pay hearing.

Police spoke with the parents of a few juveniles who were skateboarding down Wilson Street.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Shortly after midnight, a Sousa Street resident reported hearing other neighbors in the area arguing.

Police responded to the area of Thames and John street for a report that a white male stole a briefcase out of a car.

A Bradford Street resident reported the he saw a group of people try to get into the second floor of his house. When he went outside to address them, they took off.

A Sousa Street caller reported that there was a loud running car on the street at 1:39 a.m.

Police responded to two calls about loud music coming from a home on Opechee Drive. The noise meter was deployed, but didn't pick up anything.

A caller reported seeing a female jogging on Mt. Hope Bridge.

Sunday, Oct. 13

Residents at a Wood Street home were reported to be talking loudly and were advised to close their windows.

A Union Street resident reported that someone had stolen a small kayak.

A caller dialed 9-1-1 and then stated she was "all set."

A caller reported that their neighbor is burning her couch.

Monday, Oct. 14

Police were called to check on a female who was walking in the lane of travel on State Street. She appeared to be disoriented and checking car doors.

Police were called to a Bradford Street residence for a report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, police found a female crying. She told police that her boyfriend, Kevin Allen Gomes, 24, of 153 Bradford Street, tried to punch her, but she deflected it. He did manage to strike her and was subsequently arrested on charges of simple assault/battery.

An elderly female reported she was approached by two males claiming to be from the water company. They asked to enter her home to check the water meter and she obliged. They gave her a $100 bill and asked her for $60 in change to cover the fee for testing the water. She did not comply and they took off toward Warren.

Rescue personnel responded to a dryer fire on Ambrose Drive.

Police responded to an area of Warren Avenue for a report of a past assault. A male told police that he and Paul J. Deluca, 57, of 37 DeWolf Ave., were in a brief argument. The male alleged that Mr. Deluca assaulted him. After a brief investigation, police arrested and charged Mr. Deluca with simple assault/battery.


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