Police Log: Two Men Arrested For Stealing Brass Railings From St. Charles

Railings were scrapped and could not be recovered.


On Feb. 21, Woonsocket Police Detective Thomas Gormley arrested Timothy Ring and Robert Ceraolo for the theft of metal hand railings from St. Charles Church, at 190 North Main St.

The brass railings were reported stolen on Feb. 16 by Rev. Gerald Finnegan who noticed they were missing while shoveling the front steps of the church. The estimated value of the railings is $10,000.

Ring and Ceraolo are each being charged with one count larceny over $1,500 and conspiracy. The railings had been scrapped at L&R Scrap Metal at 631 River St.and cannot be recovered.

Timothy Ring is 36 years old and resides at 157 Fairfield Ave., Woonsocket, RI. Robert Ceraolo is 55 years old and resides at 340 Robinson St. apt. 11, Woonsocket, RI.

Both men have been given a pre-arraignment conference date of April 26, 2013.

Yvette M Ayotte February 25, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Unbelievable!!!! These two men are old enough to know better!! I hope they are proud of themselves and hope they have no children to embarrass, poor kids! Shame on you both!!!
Louis February 25, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Why can't they recover them if they know where they are? Don't these guys get suspicious when someone comes in with a bunch of brass railings? They are just as guilty.
Jeffrey Austin February 25, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Yvette, I don't think the issue is about being old enough to know better. Scrapping is a means of quick cash that easily slides into destructive criminal activity. Ever seen statuary in historic cemeteries sawn off at the base, not to mention the vast amount of copper and metal ripped off of and out of private and public buildings? Quick cash is generally a prerequisite for maintaining an addiction. There's nothing benign about scrapping. I wish that L&R on River Street would come under more scrutiny. I don't think it's much of an asset to this city.
Nelson Aldrich February 25, 2013 at 05:20 PM
The real genius was that they took the metal to a Woonsocket scrap dealer.
Russell Archambault February 25, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Yvette; thats telling them !
jay February 26, 2013 at 12:27 AM
If any of you people believe these "crackheads", who combined both have been charged over 80 times with similar crimes in this state alone, actually brought this scrap metal to L&R...why don't you stop by their location and speak directly to the people who work there.!!!!..The owner of this business is a multi-millionaire who donates money to the homeless in Woonsocket and has received numerous awards for cleanliness and does not accept any stolen materials. Lawsuits will be filed against the people or entities that published this mans business as a way to cover up under qualified police work who refused to search for this material properly.!!!
Lu February 26, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Photo ID or photo requirement on transactions larger $25.00. Also, no cash. Pay them by check! That's not imposing to much of a burden on criminal elements, which in this case I might include the dealer!
Patty February 26, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I am remodeling house plumbing all fixed only to go there to find thief's took all the base-heaters and copper . Over 4000.000 to repair again. Makes me sick !!!
Rose Genereux February 27, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Jay Don't you work at L and R?


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