Smithfield police nab retired Cranston officer for stealing from cars

Smithfield police nab retired Cranston officer for stealing from cars

SMITHFIELD – Police have arrested a retired Cranston police officer they say was stealing from vehicles in Smithfield.

On Dec. 30, at around 8:30 a.m., members of the Smithfield Police Department responded to Saint Philip Church, located at 622 Putnam Pike, for the report of a man going through vehicles in the parking lot. The description provided by witnesses to police matched that of a suspect involved in daytime thefts from unsecured vehicles reported to Smithfield police earlier that week. Responding officers were able to locate the suspect in the church parking lot. The man, later identified as 56 year-old Carmine Giarrusso, a retired police officer in Cranston, had in his possession a stolen wallet, and more than 50 assorted gift cards ranging in value from $5 to $200.

Giarrusso was taken into custody and charged with receiving stolen goods. He was released with a summons to appear in Kent County Third Division District Court on Jan. 15. Smithfield police are working with surrounding agencies with reports of similar larcenies.