Two charged after leaving trail of evidence at scene of break in

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – Warwick police have arrested one man and are looking for another in connection with a late-August break in.

Marine business Seaward Boatworks at 661 West Shore Road reported to police on the morning of August 31 that there had been a break in overnight, and that more than 100 boat batteries and $10,000 of tools had apparently been stolen.

Warwick Police Department Detectives quickly found a trail of oil leading from the business around the corner and right to a home on Sprague Street, less than half a mile away. Police determined that the oil had been leaking from a pallet jack that the suspects had used to move the stolen goods.

The two suspects, 35 year-old David Fortier of Providence and 26 year-old Joshua Bickel of Cranston, had been staying at the home and police obtained warrants for their arrest.

Bickel was arrested that day and charged with breaking and entering, and according to court records he was on probation after pleading no contest to a breaking and entering charge in Cranston in 2012. He is being held at the ACI without bail as a probation violator.

Fortier is being charged with breaking an entering and cocaine possession, but police have not located him yet.

Anyone with information on Fortier’s whereabouts is asked to call the Warwick Police Department at 401-468-4200.

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