WESTERLY — Police have filed charges against a New London woman they said was involved in the theft of firearms and electronics during a 2018 burglary at a home on Potter Hill Road. It was the second arrest in the case in two months.
The woman, Elaine Marchant, 59, was taken into custody on an active warrant last week while at a home on Potter Hill Road. She was charged with entering a dwelling with felonious intent, conspiracy to commit theft of a firearm and two counts of larceny of a firearm. She was arraigned in Washington County Superior Court and is due back for a pretrial conference on Nov. 25, according to court records.
Last month, the police charged Sadie Sullivan, 34, of 166 Sand Plain Road, Charlestown, on the same burglary and theft charges. She is due in Washington County Superior Court for a pretrial conference on Nov. 6.
A third suspect, Allan Scott Jones, 47, is serving a one-year prison sentence in Connecticut, but the police said he will be extradited and charged upon release.
The three were identified during an investigation into a break-in that occurred on June 17, 2018. Officers were contacted by a Potter Hill Road resident who reported that someone had entered his house around 11:30 a.m. and taken numerous firearms and other electronics.
Stolen were a Playstation 4 and virtual reality headset, four PS4 controllers, 15 PS4 games, an X-Box system, a Google Home smart speaker, a 32-inch television and seven firearms. The guns included a Taurus 357 Magnum revolver, Ruger 44 revolver, an M1 carbine, a Hakim rifle, an SKS rifle, a Ruger Mini 30 and a Mossberg shotgun.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the resident told police that Sullivan, an ex-girlfriend, had reached out to him earlier in the day to see if he would be home. After the burglary, he gave the police surveillance videos.
“They had turned off a camera, but other surveillance contained audio where they called to each other by name,” Lacey said. "That proved beneficial in helping officers tie them to the thefts."
The police said that based on information provided by the victim and with help from the New London Police Department, officers tracked down two of the firearms. The discovery led to the charges filed against the suspects in Rhode Island, Lacey said, and to Jones’ arrest and conviction in Connecticut in February.
Jones will face the same charges once he is returned to Rhode Island, Lacey said. Pending new information, the case will be considered closed with his arrest, the police said.