GLOCESTER — Three Cranston teens were charged in a rash of vehicle breaks in two towns after police were summoned to a report of a house break in progress early Wednesday.
James Clark, 18, and two 17-year-old boys, were tied to a string of more than 20 motor vehicle breaks that occurred during a 24-hour period here and in neighboring Burrillville last week, said Capt. Joseph V. Mattera.
The arrests came after police were dispatched to a home on Durfee Hill Road after midnight. The homeowner told police he was awakened by the sound of someone tampering with the garage door. The man saw two males running away from his house and was able to give police a description of the vehicle in which they fled.
Members of the Glocester Police Department later stopped a vehicle fitting the description the homeowner had given police. Clark and his alleged conspirators were inside.
“It was determined at this time all three attempted to enter the garage located at Durfee Hill Road,” Mattera said in a statement. “Police also learned all three were responsible for over 20 motor vehicle breaks which occurred on Thursday 11/8 and Friday 11/9, in the towns of Glocester and Burrillville.”
Police were able to recover many items that had been taken during vehicle breaks. They are in the process of attempting to contact victims so they can retrieve their belongings.
Both juveniles were released to the custody of their parents and will be charged in the Rhode Island Family Court with an assortment of felony and misdemeanor charges, Mattera said.
Clark appeared before bail commissioner Terry Turner and was charged with numerous counts of larceny, breaking and entering and other charges. A plea of not guilty was entered on all counts.
He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing today.