Warwick police arrest four suspects in Governor Francis neighborhood burglaries
WARWICK, R.I. (WJAR) —
Police have charged four people, including a juvenile, with a series of break-ins in the Governor Francis Farms neighborhood of Warwick.
Authorities said two homes were broken into, as well as two sheds, with several items stolen.
"I walked into my den and said, 'Where's the TV?'" said Andrew Dansereau, one of the residents whose house was broken into, adding that the thieves got in through his garage window.
"It’s six and a half feet on the outside. It's a good seven foot drop on the inside to get into the garage," said Dansereau, who said he and his wife were asleep at the time.
The burglaries happened overnight Sunday into Monday. Later on Monday, four suspects were arrested.
Timothy Carroll, 19, was charged with burglary, while 21-year-old Jarred Demelo and 18-year-old Joshua Pichette were both charged with receiving stolen goods. An unidentified 15 year old was charged with burglary and larceny.
Police have not yet said how they were able to track down the suspects so quickly.
"As part of the investigation, I will tell you we do have the possibility of additional suspects being taken into custody, so at this point I'm going to hold off on that information," Major Rick Rathbun of the Warwick Police Department said.
Police said Carroll and Pichette live at a home on Scranton Avenue, where there was a heavy police presence Monday. There, police recovered multiple stolen items.
"The people that did this are young -- one of them only 15. That's really a shame," said Dansereau, who said he’s getting an alarm installed in his home. “It’s like, my God we’ve been robbed, been here 33 years (and it) never happened before, but this makes you feel vulnerable in your own home.”
Police said all of the residents who were burglarized had locked their doors.
“They did nothing wrong," Rathbun said. "They simply had people make their way into their homes under the cover of darkness and commit these crimes."
Carroll and the juvenile are being held, while Demelo and Pichette were given summons to appear in court.