Police: Thieves broke into Providence councilman’s home

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence City Councilman Terrance Hassett told Providence police thieves broke into his Higgins Avenue home last week, making off with the metal from two screen doors from a porch that leads to his back yard.

Police reported to Hassett’s home shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, according to an incident report. Hassett told police the break-in occurred between 8 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Thursday. The councilman attended a City Council meeting Thursday evening.

In an interview with Eyewitness News, Hassett said he was shocked by the crime.

“The mayor called me the next morning. I spoke to Major Verde, the commissioner called me – concerned,” he said. “It’s a rather unusual instance – incident – that happened.”

Hassett said whoever broke into his home did not make it into the main part of his house. He told police he noticed someone unscrewed the doors and took four window panes off the sunroom. He said he found the window panes shattered in his backyard.

According to the councilman, his neighborhood is generally a safe place.

“Everyone owns their own home. There are a lot of retirees, like teachers, there’s a police officer that’s retired there,” he said.

Hassett, a Democrat, has represented Ward 12 since winning a special election in 1997. His ward includes Smith Hill, Mount Pleasant and the area the Providence Place Mall.

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Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan

Annie Shalvey contributed to this report. 

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