Police Beat: B&E, Copper Theft, Marijuana, Hit and Run

Recent incidents and arrests reported by Johnston Police.

Johnston Police are investigating a breaking and entering that occurred in an apartment on Jan. 28 at 2800 Hartford Ave.

According to police, the victim called police to report the break-in after he came home around 10:45 a.m. — about an hour-and-a-half after he left in the morning.
Police said the suspect broke a glass door behind the building to get inside the apartment. Once inside, the suspect stole a Nintendo Wii console, a 37-inch TV, laptop, safe, Xbox 360 console, five katana swords and other items.

Police are investigating.

Johnston Police reported the theft of copper from a vacant house on Pinehill Road on Jan. 25.

Police said a property inspector went to the house at 65 Pinehill Road to winterize the home. During the inspection, a large amount of copper piping was missing from the basement as well as copper inserts from the baseboard heating units. 

Johnston Police charged Julia A. Howard, 54, of 216 Sawmill Road, Glocester, with failing to stop at the scene of an accident and obstruction of justice Jan. 26 after she allegedly struck another car on Windsor Avenue and left the scene.

Police said they tracked down Howard after witnesses saw her drive away from the accident scene.

Police said Howard initially tried to blame her niece for the accident but admitted she was driving the car after police persisted their inquiry.

Johnston Police charged Shawy  DiPina, 21, of 31 Wildflower Drive, Cranston, with marijuana possession and driving while in possession of a controlled substance Jan. 27 after a routine traffic stop.

Police said DiPina was stopped after Lt. Seth D. Crosby saw him drive by in a red Nissan with no license plate.

When Crosby approached the vehicle, he reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When DiPina was asked to step out of the car, a lighter and a green rolling paper fell out of his pants leg.

A search of DiPina’s pockets turned up a bag of marijuana containing about four grams of the drug, police said.

A 23-year-old Johnston woman was charged with two counts of violating a no-contact order after she allegedly showed up at her ex-boyfriend’s house uninvited and refused to leave.

Police said Bianca Jo Martinelli, of 58 Walnut St., allegedly entered her ex-boyfriend’s residents without permission and begged him to let her stay to talk. She “even offered to perform [a sex act] to avoid him calling the police,” according to a police report, but the ex-boyfriend declined the advances and called 911.


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