Cory S. Vargas, 23, of 390 Metacom Ave., was arrested by Pawtucket police at 6:20 p.m. after Warren police received a tip that he could be found at a residence in that city. He was arrested without incident and taken to the ACI in Cranston, where he was held as a parole violator and arraigned on multiple charges of breaking and entering and felony receiving stolen goods.
Warren Police Chief Peter Achilli said Tuesday that Mr. Vargas’s arrest is the culmination of an investigation into a string of house breaks that have occurred in Warren over the past two weeks. Police say they have tied Mr. Vargas to break-ins recently reported on Charity Drive, King Street, Vernon Street, Colonial Drive and Meadow Drive. All occurred during the day while the homes’ occupants were out, and in each case the thief stole jewelry, electronics, and other items.
Officers Roland Brule, Kristin Beaulieu and Roy Borges led the investigation, and it didn’t take them long to tie Mr. Vargas to the crimes. Police said a tip from an informant led them to Mr. Vargas; from there they developed further information that tied him to the break-ins, police said.
So far, only a few of the items stolen have been recovered. One of them, a ring, was sold to Countrywide Gold Buyers on Main Street by a Vargas family member, though police aren’t sure whether the seller knew the ring was stolen. Another ring was recovered “elsewhere as a result of the investigation,” police said without elaborating.
Police said the charges against Mr. Vargas could expand as the investigation continues.
Mr. Vargas is no stranger to police in Warren and several other Rhode Island towns. He has a lengthy rap sheet and has been charged by numerous departments including Warren, Bristol, Providence, Pawtucket and West Warwick. Previous charges against him have included breaking and entering, assault, conspiracy, attempted breaking and entering, felony larceny, obtaining money under false pretenses, possession of marijuana, drug conspiracy and receiving stolen goods.
Police said he could face 12 to 18 years as a result of his probation violation.