SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Police have a suspect in custody in connection with a recent string of burglaries in Seekonk.
According to police, James Stanzione was arrested at an East Providence apartment Monday by Seekonk detectives and East Providence police.
Stanzione, 27, is accused of breaking into a pair of homes early Thursday morning and two more on Sunday. Police said the targeted homes are located on Cynthia Road and Cole, Luther and Watson Streets.
Cynthia Road is a quiet cul-de-sac where homes have been occupied by the same families for decades, and residents said until recent years it was the type of neighborhood where doors and windows were never locked.
“There was no need,” said Judy Ferreira. “The milkman would come in and put the milk in the refrigerator and the mailman threw it on the table. One of these places where we never had a problem.”
Police said the suspect slipped in through windows in the middle of the night – sometimes while people were home – and took personal items such as wallets, cell phones and cameras.
“To think that people were in the home and they invaded their space and obviously took things from them, it’s pretty scary,” said Frank Mooney, who’s lived on the road for 35 years. Since the burglaries, Mooney said he’s been sleeping without the air conditioner on, concerned the sound would drown out the sound of an intruder, and making sure all his doors and windows are locked.
On Sunday, police released surveillance footage from a convenience store where a debit card reported stolen from one of the homes was used.
As a result of their publication, police received a tip and were soon able to identify Stanzione and a suspect vehicle.
“People that are doing this are probably not always in the right frame of mind, in so far as thinking two steps ahead. They’re in the moment,” said Lt. Matthew Jardine. “Fortunately for us, sometimes that means they make mistakes, and that leads us to some investigative leads and that type of thing.”
While on their way to interview a potential witness, Seekonk detectives spotted the suspect vehicle on Taunton Avenue and pulled it over. The female driver told the detectives where they could find Stanzione, and he was soon taken into custody without incident.
Stanzione was arrested as a fugitive from justice, and charges are pending for the burglaries in Seekonk. Police said there were warrants out for his arrest in Rhode Island, and more charges may be forthcoming from other Massachusetts municipalities.