Providence man charged in Smithfield break-in

Blackstone Valley

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have charged a Providence man with breaking into a Smithfield home and stealing electronics last month.

Officers were called to a Farnum Pike home on Feb. 17 by a homeowner who said the building had been broken into and electronic items were taken, according to Smithfield police.

Police arrested John Ford, 53, Thursday morning after a tipster led police to Ford’s whereabouts.

Smithfield detectives told Providence police their suspect may be staying in the vicinity of Kennedy Plaza, which is where they say they found him and took him into custody without incident.

At a court arraignment, a judge set Ford’s bail at $5,000 on the breaking and entering charge, but he was held without bail for violating probation on unrelated cases.

According to the Rhode Island Judiciary website, Ford is the same man charged in a batch of 14 people just over a year ago in a drug bust at a Pawtucket apartment complex.

Ford’s record of criminal charges – some 60 items in all – dates back to 1983, including cases of receiving stolen goods and larceny, felony assault, assault on a person over 60, shoplifting and vandalism, with sentences that included prison and time in mental health programs.

On the Smithfield charge, he is now due back in court for pre-arraignment on May 23.

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