Timothy Dubois, 20, and Daniel D. Levin, 20, both of whom had been staying with a friend at her 132 Water St. home in Warren, were arrested over the course of two days last week and charged in connection with at least 40 car breaks that began in early to mid-August in various sections of town. Warren police believe the men also targeted cars in Swansea and Bristol, and police in those towns are investigating the pair.
Warren Police Lt. Roy Borges said the two targeted unlocked cars and stole small change, wallets, electronic devices like GPS units, and other items. They worked in tandem, he said, with one keeping lookout while the other rifled through cars.
“They were watching out for each other,” Lt. Borges said.
When the men found wallets and purses, they would take the money inside and throw the rest in bushes; consequently, police received numerous calls about found wallets and other items in the weeks of their spree.
One of the suspects was caught just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, when an officer on patrol at Main Street near Hanley Farm Road saw two men on foot near Oyster Point. He called for mutual aid from Bristol police and stopped the pair. During questioning, police took Mr. Dubois into custody without incident. But police said Mr. Levine gave a false ID to the officer and ran while he was being questioned. Neither Warren nor Bristol officers called to the scene that morning were able to find him.
However, Lt. Borges said Mr. Dubois admitted during questioning that he and Mr. Levine had been going through cars for several weeks. Police subsequently identified Mr. Levine and put out a warrant for his arrest. Also wanted on a similar charge out of Attleboro, Mass., Mr. Levine turned himself in on Friday, Aug. 30. Police said he was wearing a logo’d pullover sweatshirt reported stolen from a car when he offered himself up at police headquarters at 11:24 a.m.
Mr. Dubois was charged with misdemeanor receiving stolen goods, three counts of larceny under $1,500 and conspiracy; Mr. Levine faces charges of being a fugitive from justice, three counts of larceny under $1,500, possession of a knife, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, conspiracy and misdemeanor receiving stolen goods.
Lt. Borges said officers were trying to be extra vigilant in recent weeks, and credit the four officers working the midnight shift for flushing out the pair. The lesson here, he said, is “lock your cars. They weren’t breaking anything. If it was locked they moved on.”
Mr. Dubois has been in the news in recent months. At the time the break-in spree started around Aug. 10, he had just made bail on a Bristol charge of indecent solicitation of a minor. That charge was filed after a woman in Bristol town found nude photos of her 13-year-old daughter that she had allegedly taken and sent to Mr. Dubois. The two had apparently started a relationship while messaging each other over the Internet.