Man charged with string of crimes in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A Portsmouth man is facing a variety of charges following an investigation by the town’s police department.

According to Det. Sgt. Michael Arnold, officers were called to the Cumberland Farms store on East Main Road for a disturbance at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Diosteris Velez, 37, was arrested and charged with simple assault for assaulting a friend during an argument. Arnold said he was also charged with disorderly conduct and vandalism after it was learned Velez damaged a cell window on the store by banging his head against it, as well as shoplifting after a chicken sandwich and a dessert were found on his person.

During an investigation into Velez, police found he was responsible for stealing an iPhone 6 from a vehicle parked at a nearby Subway restaurant on Saturday, as well as a breaking and entering on Friday in which two laptops, money, and gift cards were stolen. Some of the property was recovered at Velez’s home in Portsmouth, according to Arnold.

Portsmouth police also charged Velez with shoplifting for a separate incident at the Cumberland Farms, in which a DVD and three $20 lottery tickets were stolen from the store.

Velez was arraigned and brought to the ACI after failing to post bail.

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