2 RWU Students Allegedly Break into Cafe Across Street from Undercover Police Sting
Officers arrested 2 RWU students Wednesday night for allegedly breaking into Graziano's 501 Cafe on Park Avenue. The students were found covered in mud in the marshes near Boyd's Lane, trying to "row back to Bristol," police said.
If you are going to break into a building (not that you ever should), you may not want to do it across the street from a major police operation.
Police were gathered Wednesday around midnight at the Beach House bar, where they were conducting an Underage Drinking Operation. While at the bar, at 12:24 a.m., they received a call that an alarm had sounded at Graziano's 501 Cafe directly across the street.
Police walked over to Graziano's, where they discovered that the business had been entered, according to Lt. Brian Peters of the Portsmouth Police Department.
"A window had been forced open in the rear of the building," Peters said.
Officers were unable to locate anyone in the building and began to search the area. A short time later, police discovered two Roger Williams University students standing in the marshes off Boyd's Land. According to police, they had a row boat in their possession.
"They were both found covered in mud and had their pants rolled up to their knees," Peters said. "They were attempting to get the boat in the water."
Both Cody Cammarata, 21, and David Cronin II, 22, both of Bristol, were arrested at the scene.
According to police, the two allegedly broke into the cafe and fled once the alarm sounded. They then allegedly stole the row boat from a Park Avenue residence and carried it down the street to the marshes, "believing they could row their way back to Bristol," Peters said.
Cammarata and Cronin are each charged with breaking and entering, and larceny of marine equipment, both felonies.
They were held overnight at the police station and will be arraigned Thursday morning in Second District Court.