WAKEFIELD — Additional charges have been filed against two former area residents that police said took numerous packages from porches in Westerly, Hopkinton and Stonington in December.
John McCauley, 45, and Jamie Smith, 39, both of whom have since moved from Westerly to Warwick, were each charged in January with two counts each of larceny under $1,500 and conspiracy to commit larceny for thefts in Hopkinton, as well as four counts of each for incidents that took place in Westerly.
Both McCauley and Smith, who were released on bond following an arrest made by Westerly police in mid-December, entered a not guilty plea to all charges. The two are due back in Fourth Division District Court for separate pretrial hearings on Feb. 1, according to Rhode Island judicial records.
"The latest charges are the result of further investigation following their arrest," Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said. "Based on the investigation, we were able to connect them to the theft of at least four additional package thefts in Westerly."
McCauley and Smith, who Westerly police said were in a dating relationship and staying at a home on Ashaway Road at the time of the incidents, were initially arrested on Dec. 15 in connection to three reported package thefts in town.
After McCauley was captured on a security camera at an Oak Street home, Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said officers were able to identify McCauley and Smith as possible suspects. Police said Smith later admitted to the thefts, indicating that the packages were taken as McCauley and Smith were driving through Westerly, Stonington and Hopkinton.
Detectives later determined that the two were using a garage at an Ashaway Road home where they were temporarily staying as a storage area for the stolen goods. The homeowner, who Lacey said had not been in the garage in years, was cooperative and aided police in finding the stolen goods.
During a follow up investigation, Hopkinton police said it was determined that the two were found in possession of goods reported stolen in Hopkinton. Hopkinton Police Capt. Mark Carrier said the department, as of the time of their arrest, had only received two reports of stolen packages from two residents — thefts later tied to McCauley and Smith.
On Jan. 8, Hopkinton police charged them in both thefts. Westerly police filed the additional charges on Jan. 18, according to court records.
Lacey said late last week that the department still has additional packages and products "to sort out," indicating that there could still be additional charges filed. At least three packages belonged to Stonington or Pawcatuck residents, he said, though it was unclear what was in those packages.
"There were numerous boxes with Stonington addresses, but most of the packages were already open and the products removed when we found them," he said. "We're still trying to determine what was stolen, and from where."
No charges have been filed in Stonington as of Monday morning. It was not clear whether victims in the community had reported their packages missing.