Man charged with stealing from unattended cars in Bristol

BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) – A Swansea man has been charged in connection with a series of car break-ins in Bristol. 

Bristol Police began an investigation throughout the month of March after items were reported stolen from several vehicles in the State Street neighborhood.

Police said a debit card stolen from one of the vehicles was later found to have been used at a Cumberland Farms on Metacom Avenue. Police obtained surveillance footage of the transaction for use in the investigation.

Police were eventually able to identify the suspect as Richard Smith, 21, of Swansea. Smith admitted to the larcenies from the vehicles in Bristol when interviewed by police, as well as larcenies in a different community.

Smith was arrested and charged with:

  • One (1) Count of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
  • Three (3) Counts of Larceny under $1500 from a Motor Vehicle
  • Three (3) Counts of Injury or Tampering with Vehicles

Smith was ordered held on $1000 surety and transferred to the ACI in Cranston.

Bristol Police are working with other law enforcement agencies, and said further charges against Smith may be forthcoming.

Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles when they are left unattended, and to report any items stolen to the Police.

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