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All 3 Suspects In Middle Road Break Now In Custody

Arbor Way resident encounters one suspect in his open garage; the suspect said he needed a taxi.


All three suspects – one woman, two men – in a Friday morning break in at 1895 Middle Road are now in custody, police confirm. The arrests follow a manhunt that involved police from several communities and stretched west of Tillinghast Road between Middle and Frenchtown roads.

One suspect was taken by EG Rescue to Kent Hospital with possible hypothermia – "wet and cold," according to Police Chief Tom Coyle.

According to East Greenwich Police, the three suspects were surprised when a resident of the Middle House house returned. The house sits back on the lot, separated from the street by a pond.

For some residents of area, it was a scary morning, with police telling them to stay in their homes and keep their doors locked.

Mike Battey, who lives on Arbor Way in the High Hawk neighborhood, heard about the break in while he was working in his front yard.

“A plain-clothes cop had come by about a half hour ago just warning people of the home invasion in the rough neighborhood and if we saw anybody to let them know,” Battey said.

The news prompted him to tell his wife, who was just leaving, to be sure to lock the door that leads from their garage to the house. The garage door was open while Battey worked outside.

Battey continued working in the yard but turned around at one point to see a man standing in his garage.

“I called 911 as I was telling him to get out of the garage,” said Battey, who described the man as white, about 30 years old, wearing a green shirt and with a “brush cut.”

The man said he needed a taxi. “I told him to sit on the lawn and I’d call a taxi,” he said.

“He started walking down the driveway and then he trotted across the street,” Battey said of the suspect. “The crazy part is, if I hadn’t told [my wife] and she hadn’t locked the door, that guy could have snuck in our house.”

He said his son was upstairs asleep at the time.

Police from West Warwick, West Greenwich, Coventry, North Kingstown, Warwick and State Police responded to the break in.

Ruth Thompson May 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
East Greenwich use to be a safe town to live in long ago. I moved from Providence to East Greenwich hoping get away from crime and drugs dealers. This town has now become unsafe. I worry for the safety of my youngest son. East Greenwich Police officers are working very hard to keep this town safe. I applaud all officers.
Kathy Sheridan May 25, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Really Ruth?? It is still a heck of a LOT safer than Providence!
A May 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Ruth this is East Greenwich, things like this happen once every 100 years. To even compare EG to Providence in terms of crime is absolutely absurd, everyone needs to settle down, I know it's been a big day in town, but stay cool people.
La Dolce Vita May 25, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Thank you to all who responded, with cool heads, and determination to apprehend the suspects.
Mutato May 25, 2012 at 11:55 PM
This is going to be more and more of an occurrence here. Rich communities are easy pickins' for drug addicts needing quick cash by breaking into homes. So don't delude yourself that this happens only once every 100 years! The house across the street got broken into last year.
EG Mom May 26, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Thank you to Frenchtown School for using extra caution to be sure the kids were all safe and inside. It is always good to know that the planning for situations such as this actually works when needed.
housewife in EG May 26, 2012 at 02:47 AM
A , keep track of the assaults, breaks,thefts, drug arrests, overdoses, ect.... this town has changed. Once in a hundred years, ah no. Not Providence by a super long shot...but police are busier than ever.
Carl I. Hoyer May 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM
All too often we take the police for granted and are quick to criticize when they don't do things they way we think they should. This incident was an example of not only prompt response but also included cooperation with six other police departments, culminating in a positive result. Kudos and bouquets to them ! No town is 100% safe, given the fact that automobiles make prospective wrongdoers very mobile. How can YOU help make our town safe? Promptly call the police if you feel something is amiss.They will respond and appreciate the assistance. I've lived here for 45 years and have always felt safe, thanks to the efforts of EG's finest ! 'nuff said !
Harris5 May 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Probably gonna find out the burgulars are from the neighborhood, or a friend of someone there.
Wheeler A. "Wheels" Van Brocklin May 27, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I moved to EG in 1967; attended Jr. and Sr.high, settled here, in Frenchtown, and have raised my family in the same home my bride and I purchased in 1979 where we reside today. I operated my business for 30 years and have recently retired here. At one time, many officers of the EGPD were my school or class-mates. Two of the ways which I've always said that we of EG "get our money's worth" from our tax dollars are the great job our highway Dep't. with snow-removal during inclement winter-weather. The other is police protection. It has been my family's and my experience(s) that our officers are conscientious, alert, thoughtful, cooperative, approachable; all the attributes which one's "wish-list" for their hometown policemen would enumerate. "EG's FInest" have assisted my family with every/anything from motor-vehicle accidents, vandalism, burglaries vacant-property-"watches", enforcement of neighborhood speed limits, stray, injured and missing pets and animals as well as "road-kill"-critters, house-fires and even to providing security for social gatherings. What I'm "getting at", here, is that we enjoy something special in East Greenwich. Even though, the world has "moved-on" since I first came here and it ISN'T the town it was, I would counter that the quality-of-life (particularly regarding crime) has not deteriorated as dramatically as others nearby. I believe that this is at least partly due to the dedication and competency of our police department.
Wheeler A. "Wheels" Van Brocklin May 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
It occurs that an important part of the security of our community lies with it's citizens as Mr. Hoyer implied in his comments. Be watchful and alert and willing to CALL!
Friends EG Library May 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Keep Your Summer Safe! Tuesday, June 12, 7pm, East Greenwich Library, 82 Peirce Street. FREE Home & Personal Protection Tips from the East Greenwich Police and Fire Personnel. This community forum is sponsored by the Friends of East Greenwich Library. All are welcome, admission is free, refreshments will be served.
Fastback May 29, 2012 at 02:40 PM
What are their names and where are they from? I want to follow this one on defendant search. Some booking photos would be nice too. Thanks to EGPD and all the other departments who assisted!

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