Police Charge Five with Stealing from Cars

The suspects allegedly were stealing from cars in the Glen Woods neighborhood.

Police charged five people — including one 16-year-old juvenile — with larceny, attempted larceny and conspiracy after they were caught breaking into cars early Saturday morning.

According to police, a resident on Park Forest Road saw someone rummaging through the glove compartment of his car around 2:50 a.m. The resident was able to give police a description of the suspect.

A few minutes later, Officer Jeremy Machado saw a silver Toyota with an occupant inside who matched the description of the suspect given to police by the alert neighbor.

The driver of the Toyota, identified by police as Alexander Woods, 21, of Chepachet, was "very nervous and had a questionable reason for being in the neighborhood at the time," said Lt. Russell Henry.

Police noticed the back seat passenger in the car, identified as Alexander Rastelli, 19, of Lisbon Street in Providence was wearing clothes and a hat matching the description given to police.

Police also saw several flashlights and loose change on the floor of the car near Rastelli's feet.

Under questioning, Rastelli reportedly admitted to to entering the car on Park Forest Road as well as two other cars in the neighborhood. 

A search of the car turned up several cell phones and other electronic items police believe were stolen.

Based on the evidence at the scene, police concluded that all five occupants of the car would be charged with larceny, attempted larceny and conspiracy.

Along with Rastelli and Woods, police charged Jennifer Wholly, 22, of Brayton Avenue in Providence and Kyle Cote, 20, of Lisbon Street in Providence. A 16-year-old juvenile was also charged.

“A crime watch meeting was just held in the Glen Woods neighborhood and larcenies from vehicles were a concern raised by the residents," Henry said. "It is good to see the resident being alert and assisting the police in arresting suspects responsible for theses incidents”.

Joe Jones October 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Great to hear this more theft in Cranston...glad Cranston Police was able to catch these hoodlums!
JIM CARR October 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM
The recent Glen Hills presentation given by Cranston Police Colonel Palumbo along with his Command Staff and Detectives which included powerpoint presentations, advice on crime prevention and data updates showed all in attendance that, once again, the Cranston Police Department is an outstanding organization dedicated to crime prevention education. Emphasizing that neighbors must remain diligent and observant, allowed the Glen Hills homeowner, in this case, to provide an accurate description of the suspect(s) along with their direction of travel and the type of vehicle driven.This information which was given to the 911 operator, was critically instrumental in the arrest of (5) five suspects.Without it, an arrest would have been delayed or possibly averted. As a Police Officer in Providece, I can attest that on numerous ocassions, the Cranston Police Department have always been receptive to a collaborative joint effort of crime prevention with my respective department. Foremost, however, It was the keen observation of the neighbor ( in this case) that lead to the arrest of those responsible for the larcenies in a neighborhood that I, too,call home. I am relentlessly in favor of continued crime prevention seminars throughout the city. I trust that residents throughout other areas of the city will be as aware those in Glen Hills and with that, crime will continue to lower and the quality of life in Cranston will continue to rise. JIM CARR
Stephen DiIorio October 15, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Don't think it will never happen again ..! Buy one of these ... they are on sale for only $12.00 ! and they work great! just mount it where you park your car and when someone is in your yard it will beep inside your home.. Get them at Harbor Freight Tools in Warwick.... http://www.harborfreight.com/general-merch/security/wireless-driveway-alert-system-93068.html .... But just remember to call the POLICE ! when it rings.. don't ! run outside !! it's a shame we have this happening in our city !
Kristen October 15, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Thank you to my neighbor on Park Forest that called and reported the theft. Someone broke into our car the same night/early morning - they only made out with some pocket change, but it's not a fun feeling when you go to load up the kids in the car and you realize someone else had been in there. Great job to the neighbor, and also to the Cranston Police by reacting so quickly to catch these people.
Suzanne Arena October 15, 2012 at 02:19 PM
This is great news and I agree with Jim that our Police force (for the most part, minus those idiots CPD that bumbled the Michael Patino murder of a 6 year old) and a few other bad apples, that this is a hard working Police Department. Vigilance and Public Awareness is tantamount along with calling the Police. Great idea Stephen about the car gadget. The NEW NORM is Re-ENTRY: http://asc-ri.org/re-entry-fast-and-furious-nationwide/ Educate yourself because this is getting better....they are releasing criminals sooner due to $$$$ and while the Police do their job and catch those criminals...the legal system flattens their time, early release and our legislators spend little money and attention on this trend that has been getting worse. Know who your new neighbors are. I still like that story a 92 year old man who was cleared for killing one of the 4 men breaking into his home and they catch the others right after that http://thebuzzcincy.com/1199915/92-year-old-man-kills-burglars-is-cleared-of-charges/
Jim Carr October 15, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Thank you Suzanne. Very few things are as helpful to the police as neighbors who look after one another ! JIM CARR
Monty October 15, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Please lock your car doors at night. It's step one in crime prevention. If there is no food to eat, the animals will go else where.
John E. Lanni, Jr. October 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
The importance of a neighborhood crime watch is clearly demonstrated by the apprehension of these individuals. Congratulations on a job well done.
MJones October 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I heard they arrested 3 or 4 more last night


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