Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, and Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King, announce the arrest of a Pawtucket Police Officer for stealing gasoline from the Pawtucket Department of Public Works (DPW) facility. On August 7, 2013, members of the Financial Crimes Unit arrested Patrolman Kenneth Provost, age 56, of 303 Woodward Avenue, Seekonk, Massachusetts for larceny under $1,500.00.
The arrest was the result of an investigation by the Financial Crimes Unit that began when Pawtucket Police Chief Paul King contacted the State Police to request assistance after the initial investigation by the Pawtucket Police Department identified Officer Provost as being involved in the alleged theft of gasoline from the DPW facility. The investigation included review of surveillance video at the DPW facility, review of city gasoline transaction logs and interviews with city employees. As a result of the investigation, the State Police alleges that Kenneth Provost circumvented the policies and procedures regarding the use of city gasoline to steal over 200 gallons of gasoline valued at $682.83 by filling private vehicles and gas containers at the DPW facility from March 2013, to May 2013.
Provost was arraigned at State Police Headquarters by Justice of the Peace Daniel Connors on the aforementioned charge. Provost was released on Personal Recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Sixth Division District Court for re-arraignment on Friday, August 23, 2013.
Contact: Major Todd Catlow, Detective Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1006