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Woonsocket, Burrillville police charge six in home invasions

March 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Five men and a juvenile male have been arrested in connection with two home invasions – one in Burrillville and one on Park Avenue – in which marijuana was stolen this month. An arrest warrant has also been obtained for a sixth man.
In custody are Kyeme Gallagher, 22, of 20 Bell St.; Charles Welch, 23, of 97 Roberts St.; Cyril Delgado, 19, of 97 Roberts St.; Andrew Perry, 21, of 90 Girard Ave., Newport; and Randy Santana, 21, of 482 Park Ave., and a 17-year-old male from the city.
Detective Jamie Paone said all are facing Woonsocket and Burrillville police charges of possession of marijuana, conspiracy and robbery.
A warrant has also been issued for a sixth adult, Charles Perry, 21, of Pawtucket, on similar charges, she said.
“Perry is considered armed and dangerous,” Paone said in a statement. “We ask that anyone with information about Perry contact the Woonsocket Police Department at 769-4444.”
The first home invasion took place at 160 Cherry Farm Road in Burrillville on March 6. Burrillville police said shots were fired when five males entered the home of Frank Hopkins. At least two of the men were armed with handguns.
Hopkins, the founder of a once-popular outdoor rock festival known as the Toadfest, was home with four other members of his family when the intruders forced their way, but no one was injured. At the time, police said a safe and $2,000 in cash were taken, but there was no mention of drugs.
Woonsocket police had been working with their counterparts in Burrillville since the inception of the investigation, though Paone wouldn’t elaborate on the details, citing on ongoing investigation.
On March 24, a second home invasion occurred at 156 Park Ave. In both cases, police say, the victims were robbed of marijuana.
On Wednesday, police said, they developed information that a juvenile suspect as at 97-99 Robert St. A few minutes before 1 p.m., detectives from Woonsocket and Burrillville visited the residence.
“When the door was opened by someone inside, there was a strong odor of marijuana and what appeared to be a handgun in plain view,” Paone said. “Detectives secured the apartment and those inside.”
Six people, including the juvenile, were all in custody a short time later, and an arrest warrant issued for another.
Paone said investigators from the office of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives also assisted in the probe.
She said more information about the investigation will be released as it becomes available.

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