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Police Charge Five with Stealing from Cars

The suspects allegedly were stealing from cars in the Glen Woods neighborhood.

Police charged five people — including one 16-year-old juvenile — with larceny, attempted larceny and conspiracy after they were caught breaking into cars early Saturday morning.

According to police, a resident on Park Forest Road saw someone rummaging through the glove compartment of his car around 2:50 a.m. The resident was able to give police a description of the suspect.

A few minutes later, Officer Jeremy Machado saw a silver Toyota with an occupant inside who matched the description of the suspect given to police by the alert neighbor.

The driver of the Toyota, identified by police as Alexander Woods, 21, of Chepachet, was "very nervous and had a questionable reason for being in the neighborhood at the time," said Lt. Russell Henry.

Police noticed the back seat passenger in the car, identified as Alexander Rastelli, 19, of Lisbon Street in Providence was wearing clothes and a hat matching the description given to police.

Police also saw several flashlights and loose change on the floor of the car near Rastelli's feet.

Under questioning, Rastelli reportedly admitted to to entering the car on Park Forest Road as well as two other cars in the neighborhood. 

A search of the car turned up several cell phones and other electronic items police believe were stolen.

Based on the evidence at the scene, police concluded that all five occupants of the car would be charged with larceny, attempted larceny and conspiracy.

Along with Rastelli and Woods, police charged Jennifer Wholly, 22, of Brayton Avenue in Providence and Kyle Cote, 20, of Lisbon Street in Providence. A 16-year-old juvenile was also charged.

“A crime watch meeting was just held in the Glen Woods neighborhood and larcenies from vehicles were a concern raised by the residents," Henry said. "It is good to see the resident being alert and assisting the police in arresting suspects responsible for theses incidents”.

Suzanne Arena October 15, 2012 at 02:19 PM
This is great news and I agree with Jim that our Police force (for the most part, minus those idiots CPD that bumbled the Michael Patino murder of a 6 year old) and a few other bad apples, that this is a hard working Police Department. Vigilance and Public Awareness is tantamount along with calling the Police. Great idea Stephen about the car gadget. The NEW NORM is Re-ENTRY: http://asc-ri.org/re-entry-fast-and-furious-nationwide/ Educate yourself because this is getting better....they are releasing criminals sooner due to $$$$ and while the Police do their job and catch those criminals...the legal system flattens their time, early release and our legislators spend little money and attention on this trend that has been getting worse. Know who your new neighbors are. I still like that story a 92 year old man who was cleared for killing one of the 4 men breaking into his home and they catch the others right after that http://thebuzzcincy.com/1199915/92-year-old-man-kills-burglars-is-cleared-of-charges/
Jim Carr October 15, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Thank you Suzanne. Very few things are as helpful to the police as neighbors who look after one another ! JIM CARR
Monty October 15, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Please lock your car doors at night. It's step one in crime prevention. If there is no food to eat, the animals will go else where.
John E. Lanni, Jr. October 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
The importance of a neighborhood crime watch is clearly demonstrated by the apprehension of these individuals. Congratulations on a job well done.
MJones October 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I heard they arrested 3 or 4 more last night

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