Woman Hoodwinked by Cell Phone Seller
Warwick woman, 20, buys from a man a cellular phone in Barrington that was reported lost or stolen by a university student.
A Warwick woman, 20, reported to Barrington police on Thursday evening, Jan. 19, that she purchased a stolen cellular phone.
The woman apparently purchased the phone on Dec. 1 after responding to a listing on craigslist.com, police said. She picked up and paid $280 for the phone at the Dunkin’ Donuts shop on County Road.
The phone was a gift for her boyfriend in Michigan, police said she told them. He discovered that he could not activate the phone because it had been reported lost or stolen.
The woman reportedly attempted to get her money back from the man who sold her the phone. No success, police said, the man told her he had already spent the money.
A trace by police found that the cell phone was the property of a female student, 18, at the University of Rhode Island who reported it stolen.
Man Reports Being Attacked by Husky
A Warren man reported to Barrington police last Thursday, Jan. 19, that he was attacked by a Husky dog on the East Bay Bike Path near the Bayside YMCA at the end of West Street.
The man, 45, said he had been taking photographs in Veterans Memorial Park when the dog attacked him about 4:30 pm. He did not require medical treatment because the dog apparently only grabbed the leg of his jeans. The man said he clubbed the dog to fend off the attack.
The man said he confronted the dog’s owner, reported as an East Providence man, 44, who said he lets the Husky off the leash to run in the park.
Barrington EMTs responded to the park at the request of a patrol officer. The dog was taken to the Warren Animal Hospital for observation.
Replica Samurai Sword Found
A replica of a Samurai sword was found leaning against a utility pole on Sowams Road last Thursday morning, Jan. 19.
Barrington police said a caller found the sword next to trash placed on the sidewalk. Contact the police if you have misplaced a sword.
Woman Reports Phone Scam
A Barrington woman, 56, reported to police on Wednesday, Jan. 18, a likely telephone scam.
The Thomas Street woman said she received a call on her answering machine that she had won $250,000 in the Megamillion lottery. To claim the winnings, she told police, she had to send $10,000 to a Las Vegas account.
The call was made earlier that day, police said.
Man Reports Credit Card Fraud
Barrington police received another report of possible identity theft and credit card fraud last Tuesday, Jan. 17.
A Beaver Road man, 49, walked into the police station at 1:07 pm to report that his BankNewport debit card had been used illegally to make seven purchases he knows nothing about.
A check of the account also shows that 10 additional purchases are pending, police said.