Warren burglar to serve three years


A former Warren woman will spend three years in jail after pleading no contest to a host of burglary-related charges brought by Warren police and the state attorney general.

Michelle Dunlop, 44, formerly of Baker Street, was charged last June with four counts of breaking and entering, one count of attempted breaking and entering, three counts of receiving stolen goods, one count of possessing a controlled substance, and one count of possession of marijuana.

Warren police alleged that Ms. Dunlop broke into a series of homes in downtown Warren in May and June, and stole thousands in jewelry, cash and other valuables. She later left the state but was apprehended this June in Bristol, after police got a tip that she would be driving from Florida to the Benjamin Church Manor senior housing complex in Bristol to visit a relative. Police staked out the development and detained Ms. Dunlop when she arrived.

In Rhode Island Superior Court on Thursday, Sept. 27, Ms. Dunlop pleaded no contest to the charges filed last summer, while one attempted breaking count, as well as the drug-related counts, were dismissed by Magistrate Susan Kenny. On the remaining charges Magistrate Kenny ordered Ms. Dunlop to 10 years, with three to serve at the Adult Correction Institution in Cranston. The remaining seven years were suspended. She will serve probation and was ordered to pay restitution, the amount of which will be determined at the time of probation.


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