Burglars smash-and-grab at North Providence store twice in one month

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Thieves smash-and-grab at the same North Providence store twice within about two weeks, costing the owner thousands of dollars, according to police.

Police told ABC6 News that thieves broke through windows with rocks at Mutual Mart on Charles Street, and ransacked the store in the middle of the night on Dec. 13 and Dec. 30.

Surveillance video shows the suspects from the second smash-and-grab inside the store holding bags and appearing to grab items on Dec. 30.

The owner of Mutual Mart tells ABC6 News, between the smashed window and stolen cigarettes, thieves cost him hundreds of dollars in the first burglary. In the second incident, he said, the burglars cost him about $14,000 from the broken window, stolen cigarettes, cigars, glass pipes, and lottery tickets.

“I felt bad for the dudes, you know, because they are trying to make money,” a neighbor told ABC6 News. “It’s Covid time, you know? So, stuff is slow. They come in early, 5 in the morning, opening up and staying late.”

Police tell ABC6 News they haven’t identified any suspects, yet, and a vehicle outside the store, tied to the latest burglary, didn’t have a license plate.

Investigators are still trying to figure out if the same suspects committed both smash-and-grabs.

If you have any information about these smash-and-grabs call North Providence police Det. Luis Rivera at 401-231-4533 ext. 1135.

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