WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A former Cranston police officer accused of stealing wallets and purses from unlocked vehicles faced a judge Tuesday morning.
Carmine Giarrusso was ordered to pay restitution to the victims after pleading no contest to charges of larceny and receiving stolen goods out of Smithfield, as well as a larceny charge out of Cranston.
Giarrusso, 56, was arrested in late December in the parking lot of Saint Philip Church on Putnam Pike.
An employee of the chuch told Eyewitness News he saw a man going through vehicles while walking a dog.
Police said Giarrusso was found to be in possession of a stolen wallet and more than 50 assorted gift cards with values ranging from $50 to $200.
Both Giarrusso and his attorney declined to comment on Tuesday’s proceedings outside court.
Giarrusso was a member of the Cranston Police Department from 1987-2002, according to police officials.