Three adults and one 15-year-old juvenile were taken into custody by the Warwick Police Department, with some help from the Providence Police Department, after two incidents of larceny and two burglaries occurred in the Governor Francis neighborhood between the late hours of Sept. 10 and the early hours of Sept. 11.
There were two instances of burglaries via forced entries on Miantonomo Drive and Squantum Drive during nighttime hours, which occurred unbeknownst to the occupants of the households who remained asleep in bed – one involving an elderly couple. Additionally, two sheds were broken into and items stolen from at properties on Squantum Drive and Silver Birch Road. Nobody was harmed during these crimes and arrests were made without incident.
As a result of police investigations and interviews Jarred Demelo, 21, of Fillmore Street in Warwick and Timothy Carroll, 19, and Joshua Pichette, 18, both occupants of an address on Scranton Avenue in Warwick, were placed under arrest in connection with the crimes. Carroll was the first to be arrested after being located in Providence and has been arraigned at Kent County Courthouse.
Carroll is charged with one count of burglary. Demelo faces one misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property worth less than $1,500. Pichette is charged with two misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property worth less than $1,500. Demelo and Pichette will be arraigned at a future date that was not announced.
A 15-year-old juvenile male is charged with two counts of burglary – which are felonies – and one count of misdemeanor larceny.
Warwick Police Major Rick Rathbun said that all the individuals had previous interactions with the police, and that they believe there is others involved in the crimes that shook the usually quiet neighborhood of Governor Francis. As a result of the ongoing investigation the exact details of how the suspects were apprehended, and what was stolen, are not being disseminated by police at this time.
“There’s nothing more unnerving for the community than when we have a crime like this where an occupied dwelling in the nighttime has somebody enter it and victimize our residents,” said Rathbun at a press conference on Tuesday. “I give credit to Sgt. [Andrew] Sullivan, Sgt. [Eric] Falcofsky, Det. [Jeff] Viveiros and the other detectives that worked on this case to bring it to such quick closure for both the victims and the neighborhood up in Governor Francis itself. This is an excellent example of good, old-fashioned police work.”
Rathbun said that, in addition to installing outdoor lighting, the best thing neighbors can do to prevent such crimes is look out for one another and call the police if there is any suspicious activity occurring. However he stressed that, in cases like this, it is not the fault of the burglarized victims by any means.
“I don’t want to condemn the victims in this case. They didn't do anything wrong,” he said. “They simply had people force their way into their homes under the cover of darkness to commit these crimes. I think the best message we can send out to public is to be aware. If you see something, report it to the police department. Don't hesitate to call.”
All reported individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.