UPDATE: Police identify suspect accused of stealing laptops from RI State House
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A 43-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a robbery at the Rhode Island State House.
Major David Lapatin says Carlos Martinez has been charged with possession of stolen goods and trespassing.
Police say multiple laptops were discovered stolen from the Legislative Council Office in the State House Thursday morning.
A spokesman for the Speaker, Larry Berman, told ABC6 News that the suspect could have broke in through a basement window or may have been hiding in the building. He says the situation is currently being investigated.
Martinez was arrested inside of Providence City Hall on Thursday morning.
According to the police report Martinez is known to authorities. He was escorted out of City Hall on Wednesday for walking around private offices for no reason. When police saw him Thursday morning. they stopped him and questioned him.
The report says the 43-year-old was fumbling his words and couldn't provide an answer that made sense as to why he was there. At that point, he was taken into custody. Police discovered two briefcases in Martinez's possession. Inside those bags were two laptops, a pair of headphones and in one bag State House paperwork.
State Police are investigating because the theft was reported on state property.
Berman tells ABC 6 News that there was no sensitive material on the laptops that were taken.
Martinez is set to be arraigned Friday morning.
BREAKING: Multiple computers stolen from legislative office in basement of state house, discovered missing this a.m. @abc6