Accused gas thief Provost retires

Accused gas thief Provost retires

PAWTUCKET - Officer Ken Provost, who is due in Sixth District Court on Wednesday for a pre-trial conference on misdemeanor larceny charges, retired from the Pawtucket Police Department on Sunday.

Provost is accused of stealing more than $700 worth of gasoline from Pawtucket's gas pumps. Police say cameras caught him filling up personal vehicles and gas cans.

City officials had said they would try to fire Provost, who was out on paid suspension.

Tony Pires, director of administration for Mayor Donald Grebien, said the administration had looked at its options for possibly targeting Provost's pension should he retire, but determined that they will not be allowed to "legally hold benefits back." But the City Council may be able to take such action, he said.

Pires said there are "other options" available to city officials down the road, but those would depend on the outcome of Provost's case. The Grebien administration is contemplating a further review of Provost's case in a "non-criminal way," he said.