East Greenwich, North Kingstown and State Police have connected multiple robberies in Exeter, North Kingstown and East Greenwich to three South County men.
Authorities had been searching for suspects in the robberies, which began Sunday night at the Shell Station on Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown. Hours later at around 5 a.m., one of the suspects reportedly robbed another Shell mini-mart in East Greenwich.
According to reports from the East Greenwich Police Department, the suspect was a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a bandana to cover his face. He handed the clerk a note demanding money. Later that night, a suspect matching the same description robbed several stores in Exeter. Through surveillance footage, East Greenwich police were able to identify the men as Robert R. Greer, Jr., 30, of North Kingstown and Bruce Carpenter, 46, of Wakefield.
Police arrested the men after they attempted to rob a 7-Eleven in North Kingstown on Post Road around 2 a.m. on Tuesday. While on patrol, a North Kingstown officer spotted a man leaving the woods behind the convenience store wearing a gray sweatshirt. He pursued the man on foot but lost him in the woods. Officers later found the suspect’s car parked on the street behind the store.
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Carpenter and Robert Greer, Sr., came to the North Kingstown Police Department to report that Greer's car had been stolen. Though the two initially denied their involvement, they eventually admitted to detectives that they were involved in the robberies and that the car owned by Greer, 61, had been the getaway car in four robberies in Exeter.
Greer Jr. and Carpenter are facing charges from the NKPD, EGPD and Rhode Island State Police. Greer Sr. is facing charges from the Rhode Island State Police for the incidents in Exeter.
As a bail violator, Greer was held without bail. Carpenter was released with $5,000 surety.