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Police Log: Heisted iPhones, Downed Mailboxes

Information about the following incidents was supplied by the North Kingstown Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

Credit: NKPD
Credit: NKPD

Wednesday, Jan. 8

12:39 p.m. – An employee of the AT&T store on Post Road told police a man walked into the store, quickly grabbed several items and left. Police checked the area but found no one fitting the description given by the employee. According to the employee the man was black, wore a hooded sweatshirt, and a baseball-style cap. He was approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build. The surveillance video showed the man taking an iPhone 5S (worth $650), an iPhone 5C ($550) and an iPad Air ($635), tearing them from their retention cords. The suspect appeared to have tried to take an iPad Mini but couldn't disconnect it from the display. The AT&T employee said the three devices had been activated, with phone numbers assigned to each, but they had  now been closed and disabled.

Thursday, Jan. 9

10:50 a.m. – Police arrested Jonathan A. Kunze, 23, of Dayton Court, on several district court bench warrants and an affidavit warrant from Jamestown PD after the car he was traveling in was stopped because the driver was speeding on Camp Avenue. Another passenger in the car, Justin Laplume, 21, of Austin Farm Road, Exeter, was also arrested on a district court warrant. Both men were taken to NKPD and processed. Laplume was taken to Kent County Courthouse and turned over the sheriff there. Jamestown Police picked up Kunze.

12:33 p.m. – Police arrested Clare Marie Schneider, 18, of Vista Circle, and Kathryn Elizabeth Maloney, 18, of Tamarack Circle, for shoplifting after an employee of Walmart on Ten Rod Road told police she saw the women putting cosmetics into their purse, then leave the store without paying for the items. They both admitted to taking the items, were taken into custody, processed and released with district court summons'. In addition, they were issued no-trespass orders for Walmart.

4:08 p.m. – Police arrested Alfredo Alberto Santiago Velazquez, 44, of John Chafee Blvd., Newport, for shoplifting after a Walmart employee told police surveillance video showed Velazquez taking infant formula cans eight different times in December. The total number of cans Velazquez is alleged to have taken is 64, for a value of $1,022.08. Newport police served NKPD warrant and transferred him to NKPD, where he was processed and issued a district court summons as well as a no-trespass order for Walmart on Ten Rod Road.

Friday, Jan. 10

1:05 p.m. – A West Hartford, Conn., man told police a container truck hit his passenger window while he was stopped on Tower Hill Road (northbound) at West Allenton Road. He said the truck turned right onto West Allenton. 

Saturday, Jan. 11

9:21 a.m. – A Hamilton-Allenton Road resident told police someone knocked down his mailbox and mailbox post overnight, leaving behind several parts of a white vehicle behind (including a car mirror and a door handle). In addition, a tree had been hit and his neighbor's mailbox had also been hit. Police noticed the car parts were from a Toyota. A Toyota parts department employee said they came from a Toyota Highlander 2000-03.

10:03 a.m. – A Sunnybrook Drive resident told police someone drove up on his lawn and struck his mailbox, breaking the post overnight. Police suspected the vehicle in question lost control on the icy road. 

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