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Three youths charged with theft from high school hockey players

December 22, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- A hockey mom seeking to replace her son's stolen iPhone broke a police case that resulted in the arrest of three city juveniles on larceny charges, Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said Thursday.
The juveniles were all members of the Woonsocket High School hockey team and were alleged to have taken items from the locker room of opposing teams during games at Adelard Arena in the city on Dec. 6 and Dec. 16, Jalette said.
After two of the juveniles took items, including electronic devices and cash from the bags of Ponaganset team members on Dec. 6, one of the victim's mothers sought to replace a stolen iPhone by searching Craigslist for similar devices, Jalette said. The parent located one being offered for sale out of Woonsocket and contacted the police department, Jalette said.
Patrolman Kenneth Marcotte was sent along with the mother to a scheduled meeting with the seller on Dec. 10 and arrested the boy on a charge of possessing stolen goods during the meeting at a city location, Jalette said.
"Detective Peter Menard developed additional information on the case and (Wednesday) identified two other boys as being involved," Jalette said.
Two of the youths are students at Woonsocket High School and the third a student at the Beacon Charter High School in the city, according to Jalette.
The initial thefts on Dec. 6 were allegedly conducted by two of the youths as the game was being played. They were then joined by the third youth on Dec. 16 when a game was played with Moses Brown at Adelard, Jalette said.
The three players were charged with larceny over $500 in connection with the alleged thefts and released to the custody of their parents, Jalette said. The boys are expected to be summoned into Family Court for hearings on the charges at a later date, according to Jalette.
"I'm just glad it worked out the way it did and we were able to identify the people involved," Jalette said. "The big thing was being able to return the property to the victims."
An iPhone can cost as much as $800, Jalette said, a sum prompting the charge of larceny over $500.
The case remains under investigation, Jalette said, and anyone with additional information on the incidents can contact the police department at 766-1212, Jalette said. The School Department maintains a behavior code for athletes and students and can call students facing police charges to appear before the school superintendent and the school committee for a disciplinary hearing. School officials had received reports on the incidents Thursday but no information was available on whether student hearings will be scheduled.


Hockey theft

December 27, 2011 by nmr (not verified), 3 years 35 weeks ago
Comment: 786

"What a shame....." ??????????????

The real shame is that these young men made the decision to steal fellow players' property. I am certain that the theft did not seem petty to the victims of this crime. The theft of small electronics is an epidemic! Hats off to the mom, the police, and the RI court system who have decided to firmly address this issue. The culprits should count their blessings that they were caught NOW. Getting away with a crime like this often emboldens youth who steal to move on to stealing items of greater value and we all know what a slippery slope that soon becomes.

These young men need to pay the price for their actions for the sake of their victims, society, and themselves. Enough is enough! Coddling breeds selfish criminals.

I do hope that the boys removed from their hockey team. They have violated the trust of their parents, coaches, teammates and all high school hockey players. The young thieves are the only ones to blame for any SHAME associated with this matter. Does anyone remember when basic STANDARDS were just
that...BASIC?! Let's get some.


December 24, 2011 by Hockey10 (not verified), 3 years 35 weeks ago
Comment: 778

Hurray for the Mom!!
Solving this case and then involving the police so's not to violate the little darlings constitutional rights.

I'm glad the Victims got thier stuff back.
I hope these thiefs are punished properly.

What a Shame

December 23, 2011 by msoucy (not verified), 3 years 35 weeks ago
Comment: 775

What a shame! Too bad for the ones who lost their belongings
I hope everything has been recovered.

What a shame for those involved. These are kids. We all make mistakes. Kids usually are pretty good at making mistakes and slipping.
I hope for the three if them that this was an isolated incident and not part of their nature. If this is the case, this must be dealt with and I hope this is where their criminal career ends.

What a Shame.. That a judge, and the courts will have to take time to deal with such petty issues.

What a shame that the locker room was not locked.

What a shame for the parents. Litigious procedure is a very unpleasant process to have to participate in. Support your children every way you can, they need you, now, more than ever.

What a shame that, for quite some time, High School Hockey teams will come to Woonsocket, and have to be reminded to lock their stuff up securely due to the possibility that their personal possessions may be rummaged through and perhaps stolen.
That's an unfortunate reputation we have in Woonsocket. This has reinforced that reputation, and has perpetuated it as well.

What a shame for the Woonsocket High School hockey team. Showing up to future games, especially to these teams involved, will be an embarrassing. For those not involved, hold your head high, and don't let anyone associate you with this unfortunate incident.

What a shame for Woonsocket Hockey! What has happened to this town!? Once a proud town with rich hockey heritage.

What a shame! I'll be hearing it at work today, "typical of Woonsocket", I'm sick of hearing such remarks.

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