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”.