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Police Log: Letter Carrier Foils Package Theft

Vigilant public servant leads officers to arrest man for taking neighbor's mail.

An observant letter carrier foiled one man's attempt to swipe his neighbor's mail last week.

On May 5 at 2:17 p.m., officers arrested John Raymond Cote, 26, of 296 Diamond Hill Road, apt. 2, for stealing a certified mail package, a white box (later discovered to have contained a cell phone and charger) intended for his neighbor. Cote attempted to blame the theft on another man visiting his home, but officers apprehended Cote instead.

When patrol officer Anthony Conetta Jr. arrived at 294 Diamond Hill Road in response to a report of a theft of a certified mail package by letter carrier Jamie Nunes, she told him she'd seen Cote take a package she'd just delivered to another resident of the apartment building.

She said she suspected Cote was not the package's intended recipient because he left the other mail for that address behind and headed to another apartment. She said she called her supervisor, who advised her to speak to Cote about the package he had just taken.

When Nunes went to Cote's apartment to speak with him, she said, he denied taking the package, and Nunes left to call the police. Nunes returned to the building's mail boxes to do so, and Cote followed, presenting the carrier with the now open package, which was missing items. He said another man in his apartment had taken the package and removed the items.

Conetta questioned Cote's friend, who told police that he was inside Cote's apartment when he returned from getting the mail with the package and proceeded to open it and examine the contents. He said he also observed Cote speak with Nunes and lie to her about the package. When Nunes left, he said Cote asked him to take the items, but he refused and left the apartment instead.

Cote was charged with larceny of items less than $500.

The Chorus May 08, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Nothing worse than a piece of s..(work) thief. Loser.
Russell Archambault May 08, 2012 at 10:33 PM
lets play jeperdy: title; woonsockets finest :::for 500.00 dollars ??? who has been convicted or accused of simple,domestic, disorderly, lv scene accident, prop damage,
English first May 08, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Let's play Jeopardy. Who cannot write a complete sentence?
Mike Kind May 08, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Ouch! most of r kids will be the ans do(sic) 2 texting punct will b a thing of the past and sent will run on like u c here
anomunyos May 09, 2012 at 04:32 PM
the funny part is both guys are the same height and i was leaving as both guys were at the mailboxes. and while i spoke to cote. about personal matters the other guy reached in the mailbox and pulled a package out. and go inside and stood on the hall. so the cops really need to get there story straight
Rob Borkowski (Editor) May 09, 2012 at 05:04 PM
anomunyos - your reply to The Chorus was deleted for obscenity. Feel free to re-post it without the four-letter word.
English first May 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Recently I read that some school systems are discontinuing the teaching of cursive writing. How will they sign checks?
Russell Archambault May 09, 2012 at 09:46 PM
ENGLISH; Isn't this blog page about Police Log: Letter Carrier Foils Package Theft . ?? Now lets stick to the subject matter.....but whats wrong with printing? Much easier to forge!!
Russell Archambault May 10, 2012 at 05:01 AM
english ,perhaps you didn't understand my point ,you hahoo !
Jaime May 10, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I reported this matter to police, I was delivering the mail. I didn't see anyone else at the mailboxes other than Cote. I could have looked the other way and continued my job but I didn't. People should know that what he took was a government issued FREE cell phone. That is the reason I called. As far a I can see that phone is paid for in part by me.
anyonus May 24, 2012 at 03:41 PM
well wheres the phone? snitch
anyonus May 24, 2012 at 03:45 PM
its funny he gave it back but people say he didnt
anyonus May 24, 2012 at 03:45 PM
i live upstairs i seen two guys at the mailboxes
Yvette M Ayotte June 05, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I still say, most of our city residents have nothing better to do with their lives, get them to do, "community service."

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