Warren police logs: Tortoise makes a break for it


Monday, May 12

Police were called to Main Street to keep the peace after two people started arguing over the ownership of a vehicle.

A Birch Swamp Road resident complained that a coyote or fox had killed livestock.

How fast do tortoises move? Fast enough, apparently. A man driving down Greenlawn Avenue called the Warren Animal Control Officer after he saw a 15-inch tortoise inching its way down the road at 11:52 a.m. The discovery wasn’t a surprise; ACO Michael Briggs had received a call a day earlier from its owner, who lives on Vernon, after he discovered that the pet had gone missing after the put it in a front yard pen to soak up the sun. Apparently, the man’s children had been playing with the tortoise but never told him after it escaped its pen. Man and tortoise were later reunited.

A barking dog complaint came in from Child Street.

Police were called out to Davis Street for an argument. A little while later, another call came in from the same street about “parties shouting obscenities.”

Someone knocked down pedestrian signs on Main Street.

Tuesday, May 13

Someone complained about kids headed down Locust Terrace on skateboards and bikes. The call came in at 12:33 a.m.

A caller reported a possible drunk driver on Market Street. Police pulled the car over at the Maston Street intersection; the drive was just lost, not drunk.

Personal checks were reported stolen from a Union Street home.

A caller reported the theft of a phone and wallet from a car parked on Main Street. A short time later, police arrested a juvenile, 15, on a larceny charge.

Police got a call about a man dressed in fatigues and carrying a paintball gun on Serpentine Road.

Joseph Rioux, 38, of 3 Fifth St., was arrested on a warrant for misdemeanor shoplifting.

Police got a call from a man at a Metacom Avenue establishment who was concerned that several intoxicated customers might try to drive.

Police reported a “suspicious flatbed” on Kinnicutt Avenue.

Wednesday, May 14

Spotted: Suspicious skateboarders near Touisset.

A Union Street landlord asked for police assistance in removing a tenant’s guest.

A Church Street property owner told police that a former tenant damaged his apartment before moving out.

A restraining order violation was called in from Laurel Lane.

A Child Street woman reported being harassed by an ex-boyfriend.

Thursday, May 15

Police pulled over a car on Child Street after receiving a call about it weaving in and out of traffic. The operator was not intoxicated, as the previous caller suspected.

A Bagy Wrinkle Cove man who reported money stolen from his home called police back and called it all off, after finding the loot in his shoe.

A Seymour Street resident received a harassing text message.

Just days after the tortoise escaped and was captured, police got a call from Highview Avenue about a deceased hare. Coincidence?

Times are tough when even the pets are homeless. Police got a call about an animal sleeping in a trash can on Water Street.

A caller reported excessive smoke coming from a car driving on Arlington Avenue.

Police got a call about a possible domestic dispute on Hope Street. It turned out to be a man and woman who were very, very into the video game they were playing.

Friday, May 16

A Mason Street man reported a person sleeping in a car. He was wrong; the woman inside the parked car was just listening to music.

The yelling at a Water Street home stopped after the “disobedient juvenile” doing the yelling left for school.

Someone smashed a mailbox on Barton Avenue.

A caller from State Street reported her car keyed.

Another deceased rabbit was found, this time on Canario Drive.

An unwanted woman was reported on Davis Street.

A man reportedly yelling at passing traffic on Main Street was just waiting for a bus and was calling out to friends nearby.

A Homestead Avenue reported being scammed for $800. It reportedly had to do with the IRS.

Someone found a syringe on Main Street.

Saturday, May 17

Two women spotted shoeless on Market Street just before 1 a.m. were attempting to hitchhike.

A Brownell Street man reported that his car may have been broken into.

A Colonial Drive resident told police that someone dumped “debris” in his front yard.

A Birch Swamp Road resident reported a house break.

A Mason Street man called police after seeing a raccoon in his neighbors’ tree.

A Metacom Avenue man complained that people were posting “things” on his Facebook wall.

A caller reported that an elderly woman on Warren Avenue was aiming a BB gun at birds.

A Child Street man told police that someone opened a credit card in his name.

Someone reported a cat stuck on a roof on Main Street.

Police picked up Antonio Chavez, 50, of 598 Metacom Ave., on a warrant for domestic vandalism/malicious injury to property.

Sunday, May 18

A State Street man called police about an uncooperative grandson.

A man called police concerned with the welfare of his son, who was left alone with his ex-wife.

A coyote was spotted in the Seymour Street area.

Molly M. Hebert, 23, of 35 State St., was arrested on two Superior Court warrants. The warrants stem by her failure to appear in court recently as part of a drug possession case that dates back to early 2013.

Manuel J. Medeiros, 22, of 11 Davis St., was charged with domestic simple assault/battery and domestic disorderly conduct, after police were called to his home at 9:50 p.m. for a disturbance.



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