Business offers $1K reward for information in East Providence, Pawtucket robberies

Surveillance footage of suspects in Town Wine and Spirits robbery

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — As police continue to investigate a pair of robberies and a stabbing from over the weekend, a Providence business is offering a reward in hopes of helping detectives identify those responsible.

Colonial Liquors on Summit Street in Pawtucket was robbed at knifepoint by two suspects at about 8 p.m. Saturday. Police believe the same suspects then held up Town Wine and Spirits on Newport Avenue in East Providence about an hour later.

In both instances, the suspects got away with undisclosed amounts of cash.

In the second robbery, police said a customer intervened and was stabbed by one of the suspects. The 68-year-old man remained at the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries as of Monday afternoon, according to East Providence Police Lt. Raymond Blinn.

No one was injured in the first robbery.

The suspects, who were wearing dark clothing and masks, are both believed to be light-skinned males. Blinn said they should be considered very dangerous.

“The sooner we can get them off the streets the better,” he added.

Blinn said the Big Top Flea Market on Manton Avenue in Providence offered up a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the East Providence Police Department at (401) 431-1111 or the Pawtucket Police Department at (401) 727-9100.