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EG Man Arrested For Phillips Road House Breaks

He allegedly entered three houses Wednesday afternoon, two while residents were home, and was picked up a short time later walking on Bayberry Lane.

Nicholas Hanlon was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 15, for breaking into houses on Phillips Road.
Nicholas Hanlon was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 15, for breaking into houses on Phillips Road.
This story was updated at 2:50 p.m., Jan. 16.

Police arrested Nicholas Hanlon, 22, of Bayberry Lane, for breaking and entering and other charges after he attempted to break into two occupied houses on Phillips Road Wednesday afternoon.

Police got a call at around 3:10 p.m. that a man was attempting to break into a house at 33 Phillips Rd. through a front window. According to Acting Police Chief Steven Brown, residents were alerted when their dog started barking and the man – Hanlon – calmly walked away. 

As police were responding to the first call, a second call came in, from a resident of 83 Phillips Rd. Hanlon allegedly entered that house through a garage window but left when he discovered the resident was home. 

Police called for assistance from North Kingstown and State Police, both of which responded. A short time later, NK Police Officer Timothy Daly saw a man (Hanlon) matching the description of the suspect walking on Bayberry Lane, carrying a portable lockbox. Bayberry is one block over from Phillips. Daly made the arrest and turned him over to EGPD detectives. 

A resident of 115 Phillips Rd. told police his house had been entered as well. It turned out the lockbox Hanlon was carrying at the time of his arrest came from that house. 

Hanlon also was found to be carrying several items of jewelry that had been reported stolen from a house at 26 Lafayette Drive Jan. 7, as well as a small amount of cocaine. 

"He was caught relatively quickly," said Brown Thursday. "Kudos to the North Kingstown police officer." 

He said about 10 officers responded in total. 

"I'm thankful for the mutual aid," Brown said, referring to the practice of police departments in nearby communities helping out when needed.

Brown noted the timing of the house breaks was unusual. 

"It was 3 o'clock and all the kids are coming home from school," he said. As well, he said, many retired people live in the neighborhood. 

Hanlon was arraigned Thursday morning in Kent County District Court on these charges:  

  • Breaking and entering of a dwelling of a person over 60 years old
  • Attempted breaking and entering
  • Receiving stolen goods (two counts)
  • Cocaine possession

Bail was set at $5,000 with surety, Det. Lt. Jay Fague said. As a condition of bail, Hanlon was ordered to have no contact with the victims. He is due back in court on March 10 for felony screening.

East Greenwich Police believe Hanlon may be responsible for other thefts.  Several items of jewelry and a grey metal lockbox have not been identified by any of the victims. Anyone seeking further information on the jewelry is asked to contact EGPD detectives at 401-886-8685.


Class of 98 January 16, 2014 at 01:17 PM
And according to the RI Criminal Database and ACI inmate listing he is already out on bail.
Harris3 January 16, 2014 at 01:29 PM
They usually do let ppl out on bail unless it was murder charge.
Cheryl O. January 16, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Does this mean he is living back in the house on Bayberry in my neighborhood? This concerns me, since desperate people do desperate things. When will it escalate to a point where someone gets hurt? My child was too close to the action that day. What happens the next time?
Fastback January 17, 2014 at 08:43 AM
It'll keep escalating until he's dead from an overdose or killed breaking into the wrong house. I'd love to know the backstory. 22 years old. Wasted life so far. The taxpayers will have to pay for him getting caught and going to rehab 3-4 times before anything is ever done.
EG Lurker January 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM
I'm no bleeding heart liberal - and this kid deserves everything coming to him - but Fastback, you are really jumping to some extreme conclusions, no? Dead from an overdose? Who's to even say he's using - maybe he's dealing...Wasted life so far? Aside from the details of this story, he has no adult priors, and we know nothing else about his life. And he's headed for rehab 3-4 times? You are quite the profiler...
Alicarn January 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM
I am a bleeding heart liberal and find Fastback's comments ridiculous also.
Fastback January 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM
I wouldn't say I'm a profiler but I have seen enough of these situations to make some educated guesses. 1. 22 years old and breaking into houses and cars. Usually it's someone looking to support a drug habit. Someone dealing would generally make money doing that instead of doing B&E's. 2. Rehab. Yeah. The usual I'm so sorry the drugs made me do it story given to parents, cops and judges which eventually gets them off with a slap on the wrist and rehab the first few times. 3. OD. Yeah probably. A good dealer wouldn't use his product and half ass dealer wouldn't need to do B&E's. That brings me to user. Users either get off the stuff or they end up dead. 4. Wasted life so far? No stretch. Anyone who is 22 and resorting to violating people's residences is surely wasting their life. I did say I was curious about the backstory. Could be a Rhode Scholar fallen on hard times.
Fastback January 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Sorry Alicarn but it's your liberal bleeding heart permissive attitude that produces these situations. My comments weren't really about this specific kid as much as an observation of the outcome in similar instances. The stories usually end with a gun or a needle in a back alley. Sorry to ruin your high but that's a fact. Take a look at recidivism rates. Cheryl has every right to be concerned that the story doesn't end here. Think about what it takes to wake up in the morning and decide that you're going to violate the sanctity of someone's home. Do you think you really ever rehabilitate from that? If you do I am jealous of your Naïveté.
RID January 18, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Well said Fastback, on all accounts. IMO, this kid is definitely heading for a downward spiral.
Jenny Mary January 18, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Wow. I hope one day your mistakes are advertised for a complete stranger to pass judgement on. The only thing you got right in your pathetic and cowardly remarks (hidden behind stupid usernames) is that you don't know him or his story. I'm truly sorry for you that you feel the need to justify your seemingly sad and pathetic existence by attempting to sound educated on a comment feed.
Fastback January 18, 2014 at 04:28 PM
Wow. Let's minimize this by calling the alleged commission of multiple felonies a mistake. That's not a mistake, it's a pattern of conduct. I can guarantee I have more of a practical and academic education on dealers and users than you do unless you are one. What do I know though? The news just reported there are 22 dead from OD in RI already this year. And yes...everyone has a story. I don't really care about his except as a cautionary tale. I'm more concerned about the story of the victims that now feel violated.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) January 18, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Hi all. Several families have been affected by these incidents, including the Hanlon family. I ask we all try to be considerate in this small town of ours. Thanks.
Celia Schnacky January 20, 2014 at 08:56 AM
I know Nick and he is not a bad person, whatever bad things he may have done. Have some compassion.
Lori Farrell January 21, 2014 at 09:29 PM
Here is a fresh opinion-it takes a village to raise a child. Maybe instead of villifying him and labeling him as a wasted life you could have some empathy for all concerned. It's not unthinkable to feel sadness for ALL involved. This boy needs rehab if he broke into a house to support his habit. and a lot of tough love at the same time. Coke is an evil drug, it does lie. This young man needs to be aware that he will waste his life, or a great part of it if he doesn't straighten out. I'm pretty sure walking down the street calmly after attempting 3 breakins was pretty lame and probably a cry for help

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