Barrington police charge two with house break

William Lajoie (left) and Peter M. Costa. William Lajoie (left) and Peter M. Costa.

Peter M. Costa

Peter M. Costa

Barrington police charged two Fall River men in connection to a house break in Swansea, Mass. on Monday, July 28.

According to a press release, the Warren Police Department sent out an alert to all surrounding departments at 2:10 p.m. about a two men traveling in a minivan. The individuals had reportedly been involved in a suspicious situation, said police.

A short time later, Barrington Police Sgt. Josh Birrell spotted the vehicle in question driving down County Road. He also spotted the men inside the vehicle and believed they matched the description of the suspects.

He followed the vehicle, a Toyota minivan, and ordered it over to the side of the road. While checking identifications for the men — Fall River’s Peter M. Costa and William Lajoie, both 33 years old — police allegedly learned they both had lengthy criminal records in Massachusetts for larceny and robberies.

William Lajoie

William Lajoie

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a number of items that had been reported stolen from a house in Swansea, Mass.

Police charged both men with receiving stolen goods/felony and being fugitives from justice.

“This was outstanding police work between the Warren Police Department and our dispatch center to relay information quickly, Sgt. Josh Birrell to spot the vehicle and members of the Barrington Police Department to conduct a thorough investigation on scene. However, the real credit belongs to the mindful crime watch actions of a Warren resident who reported the suspicious activity immediately to the Warren Police,” said Barrington Police Chief John M. LaCross.

The chief said a person working at an office in Warren spotted the men pull up to a Dumpster and discard a number of items, including what appeared to be a jewelry box.

The suspect vehicle.

The suspect vehicle.

Evidence seized after the arrest of WIlliam Lajoie and Peter Costa.

Evidence seized after the arrest of WIlliam Lajoie and Peter Costa.

Chief LaCross added that “At this point in the investigation neither suspect can be linked to the house breaks that have occurred in Barrington.”

Any police department with recent house breaks that would like to view the seized evidence should contact the Barrington Police Detectives at 437-3937.

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