Police seek man who broke into Providence City Hall, stole electronic equipment

Police seek man who broke into Providence City Hall. (Providence PD)

Providence police need help identifying a man accused of breaking in to Providence City Hall during the weekend.

Authorities said the burglar was seen on surveillance video at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday approaching a window, that was later noted to have been damaged, on the Washington Street side of the building.

A surveillance camera also captured the burglar inside the rear hallway to the mayor’s advance staff office at 3:24 a.m.

Investigators believe the suspect spent nearly one hour inside the building before he walked out through an exit door. The burglar got away with two $800 laptops, a $600 camera and a $1,000 projector camera.

“The suspect entered through a window,” city spokeswoman Emily Crowell told NBC 10 News. “At this time, we're in the process of evaluating if additional security measures are needed on the first floor."

Crowell said the suspect set off an alarm when he walked out through an exit door, but the alarm stopped sounding once the door was closed. There’s no central alarm in City Hall. Police were notified of the break in at about 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

The stolen laptops, according to Crowell, were used by the Center for City Services and didn’t contain any personal information. Crowell added, “…our PVD311 system requires a personal login to a program hosted online.”

Surveillance images show the burglar carrying a black backpack and wearing a red t-shirt, long white shorts, black sneakers, and a tan baseball hat. Police described the suspect as a white or Hispanic man, approximately 6 feet.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Providence Police Detective Sgt. William Dwyer at 401-243-6380 or email him at wdwyer@providenceri.gov.

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