Suspect arrested in series of break-ins
After a three-week-long investigation, the Warwick Police detective division executed a search warrant and an arrest warrant at the home of Brian Smith, 21, of 20 Monterey Rd. in Warwick on Jan. 4. The investigation revealed that Smith was linked to at least five, and as many as seven or more, housebreaks between November and January. He was taken into custody at that address, found hiding in a closet. Numerous valuables were seized from the home, ranging from laptops, iPads, video games and jewelry, totaling thousands of dollars worth.
Smith was charged and remanded to the ACI. Police have already reunited some property with its rightful owners and will be contacting more victims for property identification as the investigation continues.
Warwick Police handled 327 burglaries in 2012, down from 359 in 2011.