Three charged with breaking into Gov’s vehicle, stealing phone

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police are charging three people with breaking into Governor Gina Raimondo’s state vehicle and stealing a mobile phone.

The state vehicle was parked at the home of the state trooper assigned to drive Gov. Raimondo to state functions and events.

While it was parked at the trooper’s home on Providence’s East Side Wednesday morning, the trooper had heard a rock hitting glass, said State Police Maj. Joseph Philbin Friday. The trooper ran out to find the driver’s side window smashed and a silver Volvo driving away.

“He went outside and saw his door open to his state police car and a window was broken. He saw a rock and what looked to be a knife on the ground,” said Col. Steven O’Donnell of the RI State Police.

Taken from the vehicle was a state-issued cell phone the trooper uses for communication while on the governor’s detail. There was no sensitive information on the phone.

A vehicle matching the description was later pulled over on North Main Street near Doyle Avenue, and the three people inside were arrested by State Police.

Lupita Pryor, 27, of Cranston (who was driving the vehicle), Aramis Segura, 24, of Providence, and Tommy Encarnacao, 19, of Providence, are each charged with larceny from a motor vehicle (2 counts per person), conspiracy (2 counts per person), and vandalism/malicious injury to property (1 count per person).

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