Police: Portsmouth man stole vehicles, lawn mower

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth police recently charged a local man, who allegedly stole vehicles, a lawn mower, and generator. 

On Tuesday, May 2, at approximately 4 p.m., offers were dispatched to a residence on Massachusetts Boulevard for the report of a larceny.

Upon arrival and according to the witnesses, a male party later identified as Edward Francis, 40, of 108 Dighton Ave., Apt. 2, Portsmouth, was observed taking a generator and lawn mower out of a shed and placing it in a vehicle.

The property was later recovered at a Fall River pawn shop, with the seller identified as Edward Francis. A warrant was issued for Francis’ arrest.

On Friday, May 4, at approximately 3:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to a Kensington Avenue residence for a report of a stolen vehicle.

Upon arrival, the resident reported that a man, identified by police as Francis, broke into the home, took keys to several vehicles, and left the area in the resident’s vehicle. In the early morning hours of May 6, the resident who had the vehicle stolen, reported that the vehicle had been returned; however, another vehicle that he owned had been stolen.

A BOLO was sent out to Fall River police. According to Portsmouth police, Francis was apprehended in the stolen vehicle after police found him sleeping in it.

Francis was charged in Fall River as being a fugitive of justice based on the Portsmouth Police warrant.

On May 17, Francis was transferred from the Bristol County Jail in Dartmouth, Mass., to the Portsmouth Police Department by the Rhode Island Sheriff’s Office.

Francis was charged with domestic breaking and entering with felony intent; two counts, driving a vehicle without the consent of the owner; and two counts, larceny under $1,500.

He was arraigned on May 18 in Second District Court. The Portsmouth resident also faces additional charges in a Central Falls robbery. 


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