Coventry police charge 5 after alleged attempted car theft, pursuit

Coventry Car Suspects

COVENTRY, R.I. (WLNE)– Coventry police have arrested five individuals following an alleged attempted car theft and a police pursuit early Thursday morning.

ABC6 first reported last night on a string of car thefts and break-ins that had left a Coventry neighborhood on edge.

Police believe that the suspected thieves returned to the area last night– in one of the vehicles stolen from the area earlier.

This time, however, it appears that residents were watching for suspicious behavior.

Police say a homeowner on Clifton Avenue confronted a man that was in the process of stealing his vehicle.

According to a statement from Coventry police, the suspect fled the scene, and is believed to have escaped in a vehicle previously stolen from Princeton Avenue.

The homeowner then fired two shots from a pistol at an SUV believed to be connected to the theft in progress.

The Rhode Island State Police and West Greenwich Police caught up with the SUV a short time later, and a lengthy pursuit ensued.

The vehicle eventually rolled over on Plainfield Pike, near Gibson Hill Road in Coventry, and police took the five occupants into custody.

Charges have been filed against the following:

  • Charles Robinson, 19, of Windsor, Connecticut; charged with Felony Assault, Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle, Eluding Police
  • Tavaj Daley, 18, of Windsor, Connecticut; charged with Conspiracy and Receiving Stolen Goods Over $1,500
  • Trayvon Prude, 19, of Windsor, Connecticut; charged with Conspiracy and Receiving Stolen Goods Over $1,500

A 15- and 17-year-old were also charged with charged with Conspiracy and Receiving Stolen Goods over $1,500, and are being held at the Rhode Island Training School.

A warrant is currently pending for a sixth individual, and 18-year-old from Hartford, Connecticut.

In the meantime, Coventry Police Chief Frederick Heise has reminded residents to lock their vehicles and remove all keys and valuables from them at night.

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