Man charged in connection with 29 break-ins

Allan Jett (Photo courtesy of Providence Police Department)

A man was arrested and charged after police caught him trying to break into a Providence store, and then admitted to police he broke into more than two dozen other stores across the state.

Providence police said 57-year-old Allan Jett faces charges in connection with 29 break-ins.

On Friday, police were called to the Amazing Superstore on Thurbers Avenue for a report of an alarm bell ringing.

Police found the store's rear glass door had been smashed in. Police then saw Jett standing inside the store. When he saw police, he ran, smashing the store's front door and running down Thurbers Avenue toward Allens Avenue.

Police arrested Jett at the intersection of Thurbers Avenue and Allens Avenue.

According to police, while Jett was being driven to the police station he said, "I've got a problem. I've been breaking into a lot of these places. Maybe I can get some help now."

Police said Jett admitted to 18 break-ins in Providence, five in South Kingstown, three in Narragansett, two in Cranston and one in East Providence.

Police said there are also charges pending in Pawtucket.