WESTERLY — A 19-year-old is facing charges after police said he was caught by a resident along Crestview Drive taking items from cars, then led officers on a foot chase and began fighting with them before being subdued with a stun gun.
Nathan Bruno, of 6 Haswell St., was charged Monday evening with receiving stolen goods, tampering with motor vehicles and resisting arrest. Bruno was later released on bond and is due for arraignment in Fourth Division District Court later this month.
Westerly Police Chief Richard Silva said if not for an alert resident who contacted police regarding suspicious activity, the thefts may have gone unnoticed until it was too late.
“This is another example where someone saw something that they thought was suspicious and calling police led to an arrest,” Silva said. “We can’t stress enough the importance of alerting police if something seems off. We would rather respond and find it’s nothing than have a crime go unreported.”
According to a police report, officers were called by a resident of Crestview Drive just after 6 p.m. who reported a suspicious man possibly breaking into cars. Officers were given a description of Bruno and responded to the neighborhood.
When officers approached Bruno, police said he took off running. Officers were able to catch up with Bruno, but he resisted and began kicking at them. Police then used a stun gun to subdue Bruno, Silva said. No injuries were reported to Bruno or the officers.
Silva said a subsequent investigation found he had entered and rummaged through several motor vehicles, taking small personal effects in the process. The cars targeted appeared to be unlocked, Silva said, and no significant damage was reported to the cars.