2018-06-28 / News

Cranston man pleads guilty to purloining fishing poles

Facebook gumshoes have cracked the case of the stolen fishing gear.

Anthony Laquerre, 24, of Cranston, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and two counts of larceny last week in Newport District Court, said Police Chief Ed Mello. These charges stem from a June 10 incident in which two men were captured on security camera roaming the East Ferry docks.

After receiving the footage, the Jamestown Police Department solicited leads through its Facebook page. The June 13 post, which was shared by nearly 1,200 users, included images of two men on the docks at 1:35 a.m., which was determined to be when $1,125 in fishing equipment was stolen.

According to Mello, a Facebook user known to Laquerre contacted police. The tipster even presented the department with an earlier photo of Laquerre wearing the same shirt he wore on the docks.

“This was the direct result of information we had received from the public,” Mello said.

After interviewing an uncooperative Laquerre, Mello said Detective Derek Carlino developed additional probable cause that linked the Cranston man to the crime.

“You all deserve the credit for solving this crime,” the Jamestown police wrote on the department’s Facebook wall.

The second man has yet to be identified.

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