Contact: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1006
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the arrests of three men for allegedly participating in two bank robberies in Providence, 23 residential breaking and entering complaints in seven cities and towns, and possessing firearms after being convicted of a crime of violence.
The arrests were the result of a joint investigation by the Rhode Island State Police, Smithfield Police Department, Providence Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, North Providence Police Department, Johnston Police Department, East Greenwich Police Department, North Kingstown Police Department, Cranston Police Department and the Pawtucket Police Department.
Michael A. Rossi, age 57, of 55 Marilyn Drive, North Providence was arrested on October 29, 2013 and charged with: • Unlawful breaking and entering of dwelling house – 22 counts • Attempted breaking and entering of a dwelling • Larceny over $1,500 – 10 counts • Larceny of a firearm • Receiving stolen goods of $1,500 or less – 2 counts • Possession of arms by person convicted of crime of violence • Possession of a stolen firearm
Leonard L. Dias, age 48, of 16 Capital Street, Second Floor, Pawtucket was arrested on October 29, 2013 and charged with: • Possession of arms by person convicted of crime of violence. • Receiving stolen goods of $1,500 or less. • Resisting arrest
Rossi and Dias will be formally arraigned today at 2:00 p.m. in Sixth Division District Court, One Dorrance Plaza, Providence. In addition to the charges listed above, the Providence Police Department will charge Rossi and Dias with first-degree robbery.
On October 31, 2013, the Providence Police Department charged Dino A. Gomes, age 45, of 384 Orms Street, Apartment 4, Providence with first-degree robbery.
The joint investigation into the residential breaking and entering complaints began in June 2013. Recently, the Smithfield Police Department identified Leonard L. Dias as a person of interest for the residential house breaks in their town and requested assistance from the State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force (VFTF) with locating Dias, who was wanted for three Superior Court Bench Warrants.
On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, members of the VFTF, North Providence Police and Pawtucket Police located and arrested Dias at 16 Capital Street in Pawtucket. A search of Dias' apartment resulted in the seizure of a loaded .22-caliber revolver and jewelry later identified as being stolen from Smithfield house breaks.
Also on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, members of the VFTF and North Providence Police Department interviewed Michael A. Rossi, a known associate of Dias, at 55 Marilyn Drive, North Providence. A search of Rossi's home resulted in the seizure of a Springfield Armory 40-caliber pistol stolen in a Providence house break and stolen jewelry. Rossi was arrested for the alleged possession of a firearm after conviction for a crime of violence.
Information obtained during the investigation identified Rossi and Diaz as being the suspects of a July 1, 2013 armed robbery of the Sovereign Bank branch located at 131 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence and an August 24, 2013 armed robbery at the Bank Rhode Island branch, located at 137 Pitman Street, Providence. The investigation confirmed Rossi and Dias' alleged participation in the two robberies and identified Dino A Gomes as a third participant in the Bank Rhode Island robbery.
During the evening hours of Wednesday, October 30, 2013, members of the Providence Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Dino A Gomes relating to his alleged participation in the robbery of Bank Rhode Island. Later that evening members of Providence Police and the VFTF arrested Gomes at 384 Orms Street in Providence.
The penalty for unlawful breaking and entering of a dwelling house is imprisonment for not less than two (2) years and not more than ten (10) years for the first conviction, and for second and subsequent convictions the penalty is imprisonment for not less than four (4) years and not more than fifteen (15) years, or a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or both.
The penalty for larceny over $1,500 is imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years or a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.
The penalty for receiving stolen goods of $1,500 or less is imprisonment for not more than one year, or a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or both.
The penalty for possession of arms by person convicted of a crime of violence is imprisonment for not less than two (2) or more than ten (10) years; and the defendant will not receive benefit of suspension or deferment of sentence nor of probation.