Arrests announced in Esmond and Georgiaville area break-ins

Arrests announced in Esmond and Georgiaville area break-ins

SMITHFIELD - Police here and in Providence have made several arrests linked to a months-long rash of housebreaks, mostly in the Georgiaville and Esmond sections, with two of the suspects also charged with firearms violations.

The breaks, which continued through the summer and fall, mostly involved the theft of jewelry, credit cards, and checkbooks, police said.

In an Oct. 29 action that involved local and Providence police, and the State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, arrested were Leonard Dias, 48, of 64 Webster St., Pawtucket, and Michael A. Rossi, 57, of 55 Marilyn Dr., North Providence.

Smithfield police, who had identified Dias as a "person of interest" in August breaks on Karen Ann and Elna Drives, alleged that he sold stolen items to a Providence pawn shop.

Dias was charged with receiving stolen goods, possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence, and resisting arrest.

Police said Dias was located after they enlisted the help of the State Police task force.

They said Rossi, whom they identified as an accomplice, has been charged with 22 housebreaks statewide, possessing a stolen firearm, and other firearms infractions.

Police allege that Rossi is also connected to August housebreaks on Ridge Road and Deerfield Drive. Both men were being held at the ACI, according to police.

The most recent arrest, on Nov. 7, resulted in a breaking and entering charge against Matthew Michaud, 21, of 182 Cornwall St., Providence, who police said was being held at the ACI.

Michaud is charged with entering a house on Russell Lane. They said they charged him after detectives determined that his fingerprints matched those found in the house.

On Nov. 4 and 5, respectively, police arrested Kingna Sanchez, 26, of 150 Washington St., Central Falls, and Jermaine Heath, 37, of 131 Harrison St., Pawtucket, and charged them with breaking and entering, and conspiracy, in connection with a break on Russell Lane. Both were being held at the ACI, police said, adding that Pawtucket police assisted in the case.

On Oct. 18, Smithfield police charged Deirdre C. Brown, 32, of 422 Doyle Ave., Providence with larceny and breaking entering in connection with an August housebreak on Domin Avenue. They said they obtained surveillance video of Brown allegedly cashing stolen checks. She was also charged with larcenies related to an incident last March in which she allegedly entered Fidelity Investments and stole from employees' purses. She was being held at the ACI, police said.

On Oct. 5, police arrested Christopher D. Cole, 52, of an unspecified Providence address and charged him with a break that day on Tarkiln Road in Smithfield. Police said he was wanted on outstanding court warrants and was being held at the ACI.

Police Chief Richard St. Sauveur Jr. said the department is still investigating other possible links to the series of breaks.