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Man Arrested Following String of Robberies in Providence

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By John Krinjak


Twitter: @johnkrinjak

Providence Police have made an arrest in what they're calling a string of robberies throughout the city.

35-year-old Willie Rathbone was picked up on an outstanding warrant at an apartment on Elmwood Avenue around noon Wednesday--following a robbery at the Walgreens on North Main Street Tuesday night.

In that apartment police found a BB gun they say was used in the holdup.

Police believe Rathbone was also involved in eight or nine other robberies at stores and gas stations throughout Providence--and one targeting a woman on the street--all in the last week, and all using that same gun. 

Right now police are looking over surveillance video and interviewing victims in each of those cases--and expect several charges to be filed soon. 

We're told Cranston and Pawtucket Police are also looking at Rathbone as a suspect in robberies there. 

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