In early February 2019, the Swansea Police Department took a report of several “speed limit” traffic signs being repeatedly stolen from the Main Street area. The signs had been deployed in the Main Street area as part of the speed reduction plan after a lengthy study of the Main Street traffic issues by a traffic engineering firm. The Town implemented several recommendations, including “speed tables” and additional signage, which did assist in reducing the monitored speed in the area. These measures were all implemented to keep the Main Street residents, pedestrians and the motoring public safe. The signs had been stolen on several different occasions over the preceding months.
On April 13 2019, officers were summoned to the area of 27 Bark Circle Swansea and spoke with Michael S. Aguiar, 22. Aguiar made several admissions and all the speed signs and hardware belonging to the Town of Swansea were recovered at that time.
On 06/19/19 Aguiar was charged and arraigned on seven counts of Larceny Less than $1200 in 2nd District Court. The case was investigated by Patrolman Zachary Sousa, assisted by Detective Keith Chomka, Sgt. John Souza and Lt. Joseph Martin.