Portsmouth Breaking & Entering Arrest

As reported in the November 8, 2012 edition of the Sakonnet Times, Portsmouth Police have arrested one man in connection with breaking and entering into cars. The police received a call about a break in, in progress, and arrested one man. Another fled the scene. On the arrested man, police found a backpack filled with cash, gift cards, electronics and prescription medication. The man has been charged with larceny.

Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 11-41-1, larceny is defined as every person who shall steal any money, goods, or chattels, or any note of the general treasurer of this state for the payment of money, any bank bill, any certificate of any bank or of any public officer or corporation securing the payment of money to any person or certifying it to be due, any certificate of stock in any corporation, any order entitling a person to money or other article, or any bill of exchange, bill of lading, railroad ticket, bond, warrant, obligation, bill, or promissory note for the payment of money, or other valuable property, or any record or paper belonging to any public officer, or any writ, warrant, or other legal process, or any book or part of one containing an account, any receipt for money or other article paid or delivered, any adjustment or document of any kind relating to the payment of money or delivery of any article, any indenture of apprenticeship, or any deed, covenant, indenture, or assurance whatsoever respecting any property, real or personal, shall be deemed guilty of larceny.

The penalties for larceny vary based on the value of the property stolen. If the property value is $500.00 or less, it is misdemeanor larceny. Misdemeanor larceny is punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or both. Felony larceny includes theft of property valued at over $500.00 or theft of any firearm. Felony larceny is punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years or by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.

If you or a family member has been charged with larceny or burglary, please allow Attorney Robert H. Humphrey's reputation, experience and skill to successfully guide you through the legal process. Please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at

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