Potato-wielding robbery suspect arrested in Prov

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A Cranston man who was arrested on robbery charges after allegedly attempting to hold up two separate establishments using a potato last week is also accused of breaking into his sister’s home on the same day of the other incidents.

Gary Deming, 34, was arrested Friday afternoon on first degree robbery charges for allegedly using a potato disguised as a gun as he unsuccessfully attempted to rob a convenience store and a dry-cleaners in the city’s Charles neighborhood on April 21.

A separate police report obtained by WPRI.com shows Deming was accused of breaking into his sister’s Douglas Avenue home hours before the attempted robberies. Deming’s sister told Providence police that he was a drug addict and that he had taken a Michael Kors purse, $100 in cash and a debit card before fleeing the scene.

Deming, who had an outstanding larceny warrant out of East Providence, was arrested Thursday afternoon, according to Providence police.

Last week wasn’t Deming’s first time stealing from his sister.

In December, he was charged with larceny after admitting to police that he had stolen jewelry and two laptop computers from the home over the course of several months. Deming, who was living on the first floor at the time, produced several pawn shop receipts to show that he committed the crimes.

Deming was due in court Monday.

Eyewitness News is gathering details on this arrest. Stay with WPRI.com and tune in to Eyewitness News at Noon for the latest developments.

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