Two men charged in Portsmouth car break-ins

Two men charged in Portsmouth car break-ins


PORTSMOUTH — Two Newport men face multiple charges after several vehicles were broken into early Tuesday morning in the north end of town.

portsmouth-policeArrested were Rodney M. Pierce, 31, and John L. Richard, 20, both of 184 Park Holm, Newport.

Mr. Richard was charged with one count of larceny over $1,500 (auto theft), one count of larceny under $1,500, and illegal possession of a weapon other than firearms.

Mr. Pierce was charged with two counts of larceny under $1,500 and illegal possession of a weapon other than firearms.

Additional charges may be pending for both men, said Police Lt. Brian Peters.

Shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, Officer Richard Ruest Jr. and two other officers responded to the area of Dexter Street and Eric Court for a report of two suspicious males who were looking into vehicles. A husband and wife said they had been awoken by their dog barking and saw the men going through cars. They were described as wearing dark clothes and carrying backpacks.

One of the responding officers later found the men in the area of Ferreira Terrace and Jesse Drive. According to police, Mr. Pierce had in his possession a backpack containing a small light with a head strap, a buck knife, binoculars, radar detector and a Garmin GPS. His front pockets were full of change, police said.

Neither man had a cogent story of where they were going, how they got there or what they were doing, police said.

Police found several vehicles that had been entered, and the owners verified that some of the items found in the suspects’ possession were missing from their cars, police said.

Lt. Peters said police are still trying to find the owners of some of the stolen property. He asked residents in the area to contact police if they suspect that any items were taken from their vehicles.

“We have cell phone equipment, gift cards, a GPS, radar detectors and sunglasses that were taken and recovered,” he said.

Other items recovered include an iPhone charger, iPhone headphones, ibuprofen pills, two packs of cigarettes, four lighters and more.

In other highlights from this week’s police log:

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Police said a hit-and-run accident took place in the parking lot of the Roger Williams University Conference Center, 144 Anthony Road, at about 12:15 p.m. Police said the driver of a Jeep struck the rear of a Volkswagen while attempting to park. The driver then backed up and parked in a different area of the lot, police said. While examining the vehicles Officer John Cahoo III was approached by Rose Kouzovjian, who said the Jeep is registered to her mother but hers to use. She denied that the Jeep had been involved in the accident, saying the damage to its bumper and fender had taken place weeks earlier. When told that campus security could provide an eyewitness, another woman, a 19-year-old from New York, N.Y., admitted that she had been operating the Jeep. Due to her age and the fact that she admitted her involvement, police did not cite her.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Wilfred J.A. Charette, 27, of 29 North Drive, was charged with driving while intoxicated (second offense), after his car was stopped at Portsmouth Wine and Spirits on West Main Road just after midnight. An officer stopped the car because one of its headlights was out.

Gary A. Hutley, 25, of 90 Gerard Ave., Apt. 142, Newport, was charged with obstructing an officer in the execution of his duties, driving without a license and possession of an illegal weapon. Police stopped his car on West Main Road near Mill Lane around 9:30 p.m. because its high beams were on. Police said Mr. Hutley at first provided false information about his identification. During a search, police said they found a razor knife concealed in his pants pocket.

Sunday, Sept. 22

Richard Pacheco, 47, of 431 Chestnut St., Bristol, was charged with obtaining money (less than $1,500) under false pretenses after he turned himself in on a warrant at about 2:30 p.m. Police said the charge stems from a July 15 complaint made by a man who said Mr. Pacheco, from RP Masonry, agreed to complete work on his patio back in May. The complainant said he and his wife gave Mr. Pacheco a check of $1,000 for a deposit, which he cashed but did not return to complete the work as agreed, according to police.

Monday, Sept. 23

April M. Almeida, 48, of 105 Pine St., Fall River, was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. on a Second District Court bench warrant after her car was stopped on West Main Road near Twin Lanterns cabins because its rear plate lights were not working.

Matthew J. Shartenberg, 29, of 5 Warner St., Apt. 1, Newport, was charged with domestic disorderly conduct stemming from an incident that occurred at the People’s Credit Union, 2537 East Main Road, on Sept. 21. An employee there told police that Mr. Shartenberg, her ex-boyfriend, had come into the bank and repeatedly yelled at her, making a scene. The bank manager witnessed the incident and requested a no-trespass order be issued to bar Mr. Shartenberg from the property, which police enforced.