16 people arrested in Cranston fencing operation

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police in Cranston, as well as members of the Rhode Island State Police, have arrested 16 people in connection with a two-month-long fencing operation based in Cranston, Colonel Michael Winquist of Cranston announced on Wednesday.

Police say they were unable to solve several larcenies where residents’ homes were broken into, and an investigation led them to Cranston Gold and Mare Pawn Shop on Park Avenue. Police received information that the business was being used to facilitate the purchase and sale of stolen goods.

The following individuals were arrested and charged over the course of the investigation:

  • Anayimi Ayeni, age 19, of Orchard Street in Cranston
  • Daniel Bateson, age 24, of Interval Road in Cranston
  • Brian Beagan, age 33, of Walnut Street in West Warwick
  • Edward Cabral, age 25, of Elmwood Avenue in Cranston
  • Nicole DeOliveira, age 28, of Back River Road in Amesbury, Mass.
  • Darren Martin, age 27, of Loring Avenue in Salem, Mass.
  • Eric Maynard, age 30, of Lewiston Street in Warwick
  • Matthew Morotto, age 36, of Asia Street in Cranston
  • George Regnaiere, age 34, of Main Street in West Warwick
  • Jonathan Roch, age 32, of Liena Rose Way in Coventry
  • James Rossi, age 35, of Main Street in West Warwick
  • Christopher Roy, age 34, of Laurens Street in Cranston
  • Jordan Warner, age 18, of 141 Orchard Street in Cranston
  • Justin Bernard, age 20, of La Vaughn Street in Providence

Two juvenile suspects were also arrested, both for larceny and receiving stolen goods.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives recovered more than 200 items suspected to be stolen. The value of the stolen goods is approximately $23,610.

“I commend the efforts of all of the investigators who worked diligently on this case over the past two months,” Colonel Winquist said. “By dismantling this operation and making these arrests, the residents of Cranston will be less apt to become victims of individuals who profit from property crime and have total disregard for the security and safety we should all be able to enjoy in our homes.”

Residents are urged to view the photographs of the merchandise and should contact the Cranston Police investigative hotline at 401-477-5056 if they recognize any of the goods to be theirs.

Anyone claiming ownership should be prepared to provide receipts of purchase, as well as a police report documenting original theft.

To see images of the stolen products, click here.

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