Pawtucket police turn to Facebook to identify break-in suspect

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The Pawtucket Police Department is asking the public to assist in identifying a suspect accused of breaking into a local pizza shop.

According to the department’s facebook page, Tony’s Pizza on Power Road was broken into on March 31 around 3:15 a.m.

Police posted the following surveillance video on their page in hopes that someone would recognize the suspect.

In the video, the suspect is seen slamming the cash register on the floor while trying to break it open.

“He took all the cash and stuffed it in his pocket and then he ran out the door. I think he was in the place for a total of 36-37 seconds,” said manager Chis Kapsimalis.

Kapsimalis said the thief made off with more than $850 after smashing through the store’s front glass door with a rock.

“It sets us back because we are a small business, we’re not a chain, we’re not a franchise, we’re just a small family business, a mother and pop place,” he explained.

Kapsimalis’ father, Anastasios, said he discovered the missing money and shattered glass.

“I’m very upset,” he told Eyewitness News. “I could see big mess here, everything. I feel very, very bad.”

Kapsimalis said it was upsetting to see his father suffer.

“He devotes his whole life to the store, he’s here like 100 hours a week – which is more than more normal people so, for him to see it, it broke his heart,” he said.

According to Kapsimalis, he thinks the robber might have been a customer. Now, the restaurant has a new door and register – and is back up and running.

“It sets us back for a little bit, but we were up and running the same day and you know, we’re positive, and that’s it, we just work hard,” Kapsimalis said.

So far, police said they don’t have any suspects.

Anyone with information about this person’s identity should contact Detective Trevor Lefebvre at 401-727-9100 x700 or send an email to

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