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3rd suspect arrested in sneaker, jewelry thefts

WESTERLY — Westerly Police arrested a third suspect on Wednesday for his involvement in a series of incidents July 14-15, when $20,000 worth of Air Jordan sneakers and jewelry were stolen from several local homes.

Tyler C. Lord, 19, of 350 Wahconah St., Pittsfield, Mass., was charged with three counts of breaking and entering a dwelling/house without consent, attempted breaking and entering, and conspiracy. Police arrested 20-year-old Brandon Van Horn on similar charges July 22, according to Police Chief Edward St. Clair.

Lord, who had returned to his home in Massachusetts following the incident, turned himself in to the department Wednesday night, at which time he was charged for his involvement in a series of break-ins that included $10,000 worth of stolen jewelry from a house on Thomas Lane, and another $10,000 worth of Air Jordan sneakers from a collector’s residence on Robin Hollow Lane, according to a previous Sun report.

Detectives with the department obtained a search warrant for Lord after linking him to the break-ins, but were unable to locate him because he had left the state following the incident, St. Clair said.

The investigation into the stolen goods is still ongoing. St. Clair described a “good portion” of the more than 35 pairs of sneakers that were stolen as recovered, as well as some of the jewelery. Some of the jewelry will be impossible to recover, according to St. Clair, because items have already been sold to pawn shops, where they have been melted down.

Van Horn, who was arrested on the same charges as Lord along with misdemeanors of receiving stolen goods and conspiracy, was arraigned on all charges in Fourth Division District Court on July 24. He entered no plea and was scheduled for a screening with the Attorney General’s office Sept. 2.

At the request of the police department, Van Horn was taken to a Rhode Island branch of The Phoenix House, a regional drug treatment and rehabilitation center, where he will stay until the screening.

At the time of Van Horn’s arrest, police also arrested another Westerly man found with some of the stolen sneakers. Alexander J. Brown, 20, of 24 Arlington St., Apt. B, was charged July 22 with receiving stolen goods, a misdemeanor.

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