EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — East Providence Police have arrested a man in connection with three robberies and a case of breaking-and-entering.
Mario Jorge Ferreira Jr., 31, of East Providence, faced a judge Friday morning at 6th District Court. Police had charged him with a holdup at the Big Apple Convenience Store on Burgess Avenue on March 7, after studying surveillance video from local businesses.
The Big Apple clerk had told police a male had come into the store just before 11 a.m. with his face covered with a dark-colored mask. He indicated to her that he had a gun and demanded cash from the register.
Surveillance video revealed a “suspicious vehicle” near the store before the robbery happened. Detectives found a dark-colored mask on the on-ramp to I-195 Westbound from Veterans Memorial Parkway, and another business’s surveillance video revealed the vehicle driving onto I-195 right after the robbery would have happened, with the driver tossing something out his window.
Thursday, a patrol officer pulled over a man in a vehicle matching the description — and an investigation led to the arrest of Ferreira.
Ferreira then admitted to police he’d also held up the Broadway Mart on South Broadway twice — in September and October 2013 — in a similar manner to the Big Apple robbery. In one of those robberies, a mask was found near the scene, Capt. Richard Frazier told WPRI.com.
And that was still not all. Ferreira also admitted to breaking into the Enterprise Car Rental office on Waterman Avenue last month. He’d been an employee there for a while before the break-in, Capt. Frazier said.