Rhode Island man gets prison in 2012 house break-in, theft

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who was linked to a 2012 break-in at a Massachusetts home through blood evidence left at the scene is headed to prison.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office says 39-year-old Vincent Derrico was sentenced Tuesday to up to five years in prison.

Derrico — who has lived in North Providence, Warwick, Lincoln and Coventry — pleaded guilty last week to breaking and entering in the daytime, larceny from a building and failure to appear.

The victims had discovered the break-in in June 2012. Authorities say they found blood in the stairwell and that the thief had stolen money and heirloom pieces of jewelry, among other items.

Two years later, authorities say blood samples processed by the Massachusetts State Police crime lab matched the DNA profile of Derrico.

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