Cranston Police charged a 33-year-old Cranston man with breaking and entering after he allegedly told an elderly couple he was a friend of their son and was sent to fix a broken window. Once inside, he took a wallet full of cash and ran out the door.
The couple lived on Arnold Avenue.
Charles Palardy, formerly of 93 Sheldon St., Cranston, was arrested yesterday after some diligent police work by Cranston Police Det. Donald Bucci.
Bucci met with the couple's son and was able to identify a suspect after they compared the description provided by his parents to different handymen that had worked with him in the past.
The investigation continued and police were able to determine Palardy was staying at an address on Briggs Street. Sure enough, yesterday he was seen getting dropped off near the location and was taken into custody in the back yard.
"The suspect subsequently admitted that he had already spent the cash he stole and that he discarded the stolen wallet into the trash which was picked up the day before," said Cranston Police Major Robert W. Ryan.
Palardy is now at the Adult Correctional Institution facing charges of breaking and entering into the dwelling of a person 60 or older and two bench warrants — a Warwick larceny charge and a Superior Court warrant for a Coventry domestic assault charge.
He was arraigned this morning and bail was set at $10,000 personal recognizance for the Cranston charges. He will remain at the ACI because he is being held without bail for the prior charges.