Suspect in Cumberland break-ins taken into custody

Suspect in Cumberland break-ins taken into custody

UPDATE: Police have announced that David Paiva was located at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday and taken into custody by the East Providence Police Department.


CUMBERLAND – Police say they've identified one suspect in a series of car break-ins in the area of Bear Hill Road, but say he's still on the loose. They say they're also searching for another suspect.

On the evening of Jan. 8, Cumberland police responded to a motor vehicle break-in that had just occurred in the Alaska Street area. The victim confronted the suspect, who subsequently ran away. During the course of the investigation, the suspect was positively identified as David Paiva, 48, of Cumberland. Police have since obtained an affidavit arrest warrant for Paiva, linking him to additional vehicle break-ins occurring overnight.

The investigation continues and attempts to locate Paiva, who currently has no permanent address, are ongoing. Anyone who sees Paiva is asked to call the police at 401-333-2500 and to not attempt to confront him.

According to a May story in The Sun Chronicle, Paiva was ordered held in jail after being deemed a danger following a series of break-ins in Attleboro. He was described a career criminal who breaks into people's cars and homes while people were home. The prosecutor in the case pointed to a long criminal record including 11 charges since 1989 for breaking and entering, 14 charges for theft-related crimes, and repeated arrests for breaking into homes.