EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two men accused of breaking into an East Providence home were arrested following a police chase through the city Wednesday afternoon, and police are now investigating whether they are responsible for a string of break-ins.
According to Lt. Tom Rush, the pursuit began after the report of a house break on Church Street around 12:30 p.m. The homeowner spotted the suspects on a home surveillance camera using a mobile app and called the police.
The chase briefly came to a end when the suspects went into Providence, but Lt. Rush said for some reason the suspects came back into East Providence, where a detective spotted the SUV on the Henderson Bridge, trying to mount the curb to jump ahead of the traffic.
The detective stopped the car at gunpoint. Police said the vehicle had two license plates attached to the front, with a stolen Massachusetts plate covering up its real Connecticut plate.
One of the suspects was transported to the hospital because a stun gun was used on him, but police said he was not injured. The other was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Police have not yet released the suspects’ identities, but said they will face charges of eluding the police and breaking and entering.
Police are also investigating whether the men could be responsible for about ten other break-ins in Rhode Island and Connecticut.