Heavy police presence may be connected to Pawtucket robbery

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Police surrounded a Pawtucket neighborhood in connection with a robbery on Cottage Street Tuesday afternoon, according to Detective Sergeant Christopher LeFort.

An Eyewitness News crew on scene saw dozens of police personnel around a neighborhood off Beverage Hill Avenue.

Officers from the Pawtucket Police Department were joined by the Rhode Island State Police SWAT team near the intersection of Desmarais and Bella Avenues.

LeFort said they believe this incident is connected to a robbery that happened earlier in the day.

Residents living in the area tell Eyewitness News they are worried and confused about what brings a large police presence to their usually quiet neighborhood.

“It’s kind of really scary,” Gerard Koala said. “You don’t know what’s going on and it’s my first time since I’ve been living in this house seeing something like this.”

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