CRANSTON, R.I. - Police have arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a string of thefts from cars and trucks that have been taking place in that city.
Police say they arrested Ronald Burr, 18, of Warwick, after being called out to investigate a break-in in progress at 1261 Phenix Avenue. Police caught up with Burr and one other person around 4:30 a.m. after an alert neighbor called police.
Police had ramped up patrols in the area after several car break-ins had taken place.
Police say when they arrived in the area, they immediately located the suspect vehicle - an older model minivan, which fled the area. Police quickly caught up to the van, but Burr and the passenger stopped and jumped out.
The passenger, who police have not yet identified, is still at large, according to police.
Burr was quickly taken down and arrested. Police say when they took him into custody, they also found unlawful prescription medication and marijuana on him. Police also discovered that the minivan being used by the suspects had been stolen on Sunday from an address in North Kingstown.
Shortly after Burr was arrested, police say they found a backpack full of stolen goods including multiple GPS units, loose change, and other items that are normally stolen from cars and trucks.
Police identified several owners of the stolen property from the overnight larcenies. They determined that at least eight cars had been broken into.
Burr was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, eight counts of larceny from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen goods, conspiracy to commit larceny, possession of marijuana, and eluding a police officer.