EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A trail of pills and two sets of footprints in the snow led police to a pair of men accused of breaking into their neighbor’s house and stealing from cars in their neighborhood.
East Providence Police Lieutenant Raymond Blinn said that officers responded to a home on Hazard Avenue on Wednesday for a report of a breaking and entering; officers noticed a trail of assorted pills spilled along the same route from the scene of the break-in to another nearby home.
A television and Nintendo Wii game console had also been taken.
The next day, detectives went to that nearby home at 57 Hazard Avenue and spoke with 22 year-old Christopher Storti and 24 year-old Jason Veader, finding more evidence in their home that linked them to the break-in. Storti and Veader eventually admitted that they were responsible, and also said they were behind a string of larcenies from vehicles in the area. The detectives recovered several items that they believe were stolen.
Police also said Veader was implicated in several domestic assaults against his girlfriend which had occurred not only the night of the house break, but several times over the last month.
Storti rents the apartment on the second floor of the home, while Veader, from Rehoboth, stays there “on and off,” police said.
Storti was charged with breaking and entering, larceny and conspiracy, while Veader was charged with breaking and entering, conspiracy, larceny, domestic kidnapping, two counts of domestic strangulation and domestic simple assault.
Any person living in the area of Hazard Avenue who has recently had items stolen from their vehicles should call the East Providence Police Department to see if any of the items recovered belong to them.