State Police arrest 73-year-old for lucrative crime operation

State Police arrest 73-year-old for lucrative crime operation

JOHNSTON – State Police on Friday announced the arrest of Johnston resident Richard Tiberi, 73, for allegedly running an illegal organized retail crime operation in Providence and Johnston.

Tiberi, of 12 Woodbine St., is charged with receiving stolen goods more than $1,500, soliciting another to commit a crime, and conspiracy.

The arrest was the result of a month-long investigation initiated by the Rhode Island State Police Intelligence Unit. Police say Tiberi oversaw an illegal retail crime operation out of his home as well as the Decatur Social Club. The investigation included surveillance of Tiberi over the past month showing he met with co-conspirators for the purpose of purchasing stolen items. The investigation resulted in the issuance of search warrants for Tiberi’s car, home and person.

On Thursday, Aug. 25, at approximately 9:30 p.m., members of the State Police Intelligence Unit executed the search warrants at Tiberi’s Johnston home. They seized stolen items with a retail value of $5,553 along with a computer, two telephones, a vehicle and ledgers. Tiberi was taken into custody and transported to State Police Headquarters. Members executed the search warrant on Tiberi’s vehicle and found additional stolen items.

Tiberi’s criminal history includes 15 arrests dating back to 1962 for bookmaking, conspiracy, keeping of gambling places or devices, possession of lottery slips, usury and conspiracy to commit usury.

Tiberi was arraigned in Third District Court and released on $5,000 with surety and continued on $10,000 personal recognizance which was imposed following charges brought against him on Nov. 22, 2015 for bookmaking second offense.

Tiberi faces up to 20 years in prison.