UPDATE ALERT: On Friday, Jan. 3 at 9:22 a.m., Tiverton Police Department Captain Patrick Jones issued the following statement: “Gino Soares turned himself into the Tiverton Police Department yesterday afternoon. He was processed and transported to 2nd District Court Newport where surety bail was set.”TIVERTON — A Fall River man who broke into a Stafford Road home last July 22 is wanted on felony charges of breaking and entering and police are asking for the public’s help in locating him.
Tiverton Police Captain Patrick Jones said a felony arrest warrant was issued for Gino Soares, 56, on Dec. 17 and has been publicized nationally.
Mr. Soares has a prior criminal record, and people are warned, Captain Jones said, “not to approach him.”
Anyone with information about Mr. Soares should call 911 or 401-625-6717 (the Tiverton Police Department).
Mr. Soares is 5’5″ tall, and weighs 150 pounds. He has a tattoo of the Grim Reaper and a cross on his left forearm. His last known address is 34 Park Street, Apt. # 3, in Fall River.
Captain Jones said the victims had returned to their Stafford Road home about 5 p.m. on Monday, July 22, and found their home a mess, with a large amount of cash and jewelry missing.
The thief, said Captain Jones, “had gone through several rooms and ransacked the house.”
Police said DNA from a cigarette butt left in one of the bedrooms led to the identification of Mr. Soares, whose DNA profile (because of prior offenses) had previously been been entered onto a national database used by law enforcement agencies to identify suspects of crimes.
Captain Jones said Mr. Soares had been in contact with the police and had offered to turn himself in, but failed to show up when scheduled.
“When he failed to show up, a decision was made to put his face out there,” said the Captain.
The crime Mr. Soares is alleged to have committed carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison.