2018-08-02 / News Briefs

Pair Arrested For Multiple Robberies

Jamestown Police have arrested a pair of northern Rhode Island men connected to a series of break-ins and thefts in Jamestown, Newport, Middletown, and Massachusetts, as many as five robberies in one hour.

Thomas Pleau, 43, of Woonsocket, and John Young, 26, of Providence, each were charged by Jamestown police with five counts of breaking and entering and five counts of conspiracy. Later that day, Newport police added a charge connected to another break-in.

The pair is suspected of perpetrating five break-ins at Jamestown homes late Monday morning, all within the same hour, said Police Chief Edward Mello. They were targeting mainly jewelry, which was recovered from their car.

The men also are suspects for a number of break-ins in Burrillville and other communities, as well as multiple towns in Massachusetts.

Newport police have also linked them to a break-in that occurred at a residence on Castle Hill Avenue on July 23 around 2:15 p.m., Newport police said.

In addition to jewelry they also stole valuable small items, Newport police Lt. Frank Rosa said. Newport charged them with conspiracy to commit breaking and entering.

Jamestown police received a report on Monday at about 11:45 a.m. from a resident on Lawn Avenue, who said her home had been broken into and she confronted an unknown man in the home. The man ran away.

Within minutes, Pleau was seen walking on Intrepid Lane and fled. After a foot pursuit and later with the assistance of a State Police K-9 unit, he was found.

Young and Pleau were arraigned Tuesday in Newport District Court.

Jamestown, Newport, State, North Kingstown and Sutton and Douglas, Mass. police departments are all involved in the investigation.

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