Woonsocket Police Nab Suspected Thieves Returning to Nap at Scene

The following arrest information was provided by the Woonsocket Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.


A hapless trio produced real-world evidence of criminals returning to the scene of the crime when Woonsocket Police responding to Carpenter Powder Products for a scrap metal theft May 14 discovered the alleged crooks' car and laid in wait.

At about 11:30 p.m., police were called to the business on Park East Drive by an employee who told them there had been several incidents of theft of scrap metal from behind the building. He said he suspected the theives would carry the material in barrels along paths and across power line clearings to a waiting vehicle on Park East Drive, according to Officer David Bibeault's report. The employee said that he had observed three men, dressed all in black removing barrels of scrap metal from the property into the woods. 

Police followed the path to the power line clearing, finding vehicle tracks in the grass and a red, hand-wheeled dolly leaning against a tree. They also located a blue Toyota Solara coupe parked behind the building in a concealed spot, Bibeault reported.

Officer Sean Rochette was assigned to park nearby out of sight and keep an eye on the vehicle. At about 2:03 a.m., three men walked out of the woods and got into the vehicle, apparently not noticing Rochette, he reported.

Rochette called for backup and several cars from the morning platoon arrived to intercept the vehicle if the men attempted to leave. Rochette and two other officers approached the blue Toyota, finding the three men sleeping inside. The officers woke the men, later identified as William D. Fuentes, 24, of 60 Academy Ave., Providence, Douglas Nalls, 20, of 1064 Atwells Ave., Apt. 3rd, Providence, and Angel Torres, 20, of 113 Brook St., Apt. 1st, Woonsocket. The officers arrested them and searched the car, finding dark clothing including hooded sweatshirts, caps and gloves, in the trunk.

Rochette asked Fuentes why he had run from police, and he said he had been afraid because he'd been smoking marijuana. Rochette noted Fuuentes did not smell of marijuana. When Rochette asked him why all the sweatshirts they'd been wearing when they returned to the car were in the trunk, Fuentes did not provide an answer.

Each of the men were charged with larceny under $1,500 and conspiracy, misdemeanors.



Russell Archambault May 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM
These surveillance pictures taken at scene shows the complete story. http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTdupSmKkdZHmmUg9d0HlgkCJKj2-pRTvdKouRsuRG1f5Poys1n http://www.funnymail.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/police-sleeping.jpg http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/563188_504907942899855_574473874_n.jpg http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7lnsv2IhK1rrcjo8o1_500.jpg
Nelson Aldrich May 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Wish someone would take a picture of the thief who pulled me over for not wearing my seat belt while the guy rattling windows with his Harley rode by without a helmet.
Kerry O'Neil May 17, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Not against the law to NOT wear a helmet
Nelson Aldrich May 17, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Throw out a line...catch a fish.
Brenda Woonsocket May 17, 2013 at 01:27 PM
in ri its not against the law to ride a motorcycle without a helmet but what about the kids in buses ? laws all twisted dont feel bad i got that seat belt ticket too let me guess main street by the monument ? thiefs
Nelson Aldrich May 17, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Actually, it was on Clinton St. while i was protecting myself with the airbags i purchased and my own defensive driving.
Dick Bouchard May 17, 2013 at 04:25 PM
You still have a chance to ask your SENATOR to vote NO on extending the PRIMARY seat belt law that was to expire June 30th! The house has already passed this intrusive bill but you have another chance with your Senators.
Nelson Aldrich May 17, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Thanks Dick, Mr. Picard knows how i feel but since he hasn't replied to my correspondence i'll have to assume that he's all for it. Sarcasm 101...thanks Dad!!!
Russell Archambault May 17, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Brenda there was a law for the precious little children to wear seat belts on school buses. Guess what happened. That law is not being enforced. reason; because they were using the seat belts to hit other little brats. They took the belts off the buses many years ago. .
Woonsocket Rocket May 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM
The Seatbelt law has nothing to do with your saftey and everything to do with REVENUE! The helmet law in Rhode Island is choice. Much like the seatbelt law should be!
michael May 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM
That's pretty funny that almost every time I see a cop they don't have their seatbelt on just saying they should practice what they preach.


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