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Police Catch Alleged Burglar in the Act Thanks to Alert Neighbor

An alert neighbor saw a man walking between houses and trying to open doors. Cranston Police had him in custody a short time later.

A 53-year-old Providence man is being held as a probation violator after he allegedly got caught trying to break into houses on Newmarket Street.

Cranston Police said that around 10:00 a.m. Friday morning, an alert neighbor on New Market Street saw a black man walking between houses trying to open doors.

"Cranston Officers immediately flooded the area and when the suspect spotted police, he took off running through yards toward Holburn Avenue," said Cranston Police Major Robert W. Ryan in a release.

Police set up a perimeter around one city block and began a house-to-house search. They found Eugene Robinson of 656 Elmwood Ave., Providence, hiding in a shed behind a house on Holburn Avenue.

He was taken into custody without incident.

Investigators concluded that Robinson broke out the window and screen of the shed to get inside. That let police charge him with malicious damage to property.

Robinson is being held as a probation violator at the Adult Correctional Institutions stemming from an earlier breaking and entering charge.

Police rely on alert neighbors who spot suspicious activity and routinely catch criminals as a result of their calls. 

Police also remind residents to keep their doors locked.

PC401 October 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM
...Bob?
Joe Jones October 14, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Oh boy...here we go lock your doors! I know one thing if anyone attempts to enter my home while I am here I will take batting practice with their freaken head! Hope the Cranston police step up the patrols!
Bob October 14, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I'm with Joe Jones on this one...you other two clowns can f off
Joyce Maxwell October 16, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Sorry, city slicker, but I'm with Joe and Bob on this one. I've been ripped off eight times, and maybe your stuff doesn't mean that much to you, but I lost a lot of sentimental things that can't be replaced. Frankly, slicker, you sound like someone who might get his head bashed in.
Robert Farebrother October 17, 2012 at 03:33 AM
will do
David Lafleche December 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM
If this had been Massachusetts, both the snitch and the homeowner would have been arrested, and Governor Patrick would have driven the burglar to the polls!

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