Two men arrested in connection with multiple home break-ins in Jamestown, RI

Two men arrested in connection with multiple home break-ins in Jamestown, RI

JAMESTOWN, RI – Multiple breaking and entering charges could be just the beginning of legal trouble for two men recently arrested in Jamestown.

Police said they arrested John Young, 26, of Providence, and Thomas Pleau, 43, of Woonsocket, Monday and charged them each with five counts of breaking and entering and five counts of conspiracy.

According to Chief Edward Mello, police were called to Lawn Avenue Monday after a woman reported that her home had been burglarized.

Around the same time, he said police received reports a vehicle believed to be involved in previous break-ins throughout the region was spotted in the area.

Mello said the vehicle was spotted in the Intrepid Lane area and the driver – identified as Young – was taken into custody after officers determined several items in his possession were stolen.

A short time later, Mello said officers found a second suspect – identified as Pleau – on Intrepid Lane and – with the help of a State Police K9 – took him into custody after a short foot chase. Mello said Pleau also had stolen property in his possession.

Mello said police determined Pleau and Young were responsible for five break-ins in town that had occurred within an hour of each other.

He said investigators are trying to determine if the men are responsible for other break-ins that occurred in town in recent weeks. He also said multiple police agencies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are expected to file charges against the duo related to a string of crimes across the region.

Young and Pleau were due for arraignment in Newport District Court Tuesday morning.