WESTERLY — A Charlestown woman is facing charges in connection with the theft of firearms and electronics from a Potter Hill Road home in 2018, and local police have obtained warrants for two additional suspects in the case.
Westerly police on Sunday afternoon charged 34-year-old Sadie Sullivan, of 166 Sand Plain Road, with breaking and entering a home with felonious intent, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, and two counts of larceny of a firearm.
Sullivan, who was taken into custody by Narragansett police following a traffic stop, was arraigned in Fourth Division District Court Monday and released on a promise to appear for a felony screening in Washington County Superior Court on Dec. 27. She has not entered a plea to the charges, according to Rhode Island judicial records.
The police confirmed that there remains an active warrant for Allan Scott Jones, 47, who is currently serving a one-year prison sentence in Connecticut, that was issued in February for two counts of illegal possession of a firearm. He is expected to face the same charges.
Charges have also been filed against a third person, an as-yet unidentified woman who has not been arrested.
Westerly police said the charges stem from an investigation into an incident that occurred on June 17, 2018. According to a police report, the department was contacted by a resident of Potter Hill Road who reported that someone had entered his house around 11:30 a.m. and taken numerous firearms and other electronics.
Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the victim reported the theft of 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 firearms taken 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.
Lacey said the victim told police that Sullivan, who was identified as an ex-girlfriend of the victim, had reached out to him to see if he would be home. The victim then provided police with surveillance videos that contained both video and audio of the suspects.
“They had turned one of the cameras, but the surveillance recorded their efforts and included conversations where they used each other’s names,” Lacey said.
Based on information provided by the victim and with assistance from the New London Police Department, officers were able to track down two of the firearms. The discovery led to the charges filed against the suspects in Rhode Island, Lacey said, and led to Jones’ arrest and February conviction in Connecticut.