Cops: Two tried to swipe Pats gear from ‘Fest

Woonsocket Call - - Blackstone Valley - By RUSS OLIVO ro­livo@woonsock­et­

WOONSOCKET – Po­lice say two Mas­sachusetts men were cap­tured af­ter a foot chase early Mon­day in the Au­tum­n­fest grounds and later charged with steal­ing New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots­branded cloth­ing from a fes­ti­val ven­dor.

An­thony James Mirabile, 20, of Plainville, and Ni­cholas Kyle Davis, 21, of North At­tle­boro, were ar­rested on charges of mis­de­meanor lar­ceny, ob­struct­ing and re­sist­ing ar­rest shortly af­ter mid­night.

Po­lice said both men tried to es­cape by scal­ing a chain link fence and one, Davis, suf­fered a lac­er­a­tion on his arm as a re­sult. He was trans­ported to Land­mark Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where doc­tors closed a wound on his fore­arm with 20 stitches be­fore he was re­leased to po­lice cus­tody sev­eral hours later.

Of­fi­cers Justin Mowry and Christo­pher M. Bou­vier were pa­trolling World War II Vet­er­ans Park af­ter nor­mal fes­ti­val hours at the time of the ar­rests. The park was closed and no one was sup­posed to be on the premises ex­cept for au­tho­rized per­son­nel.

They said they heard a se­cu­rity guard yelling for help and im­me­di­ately spot­ted two male fig­ures run­ning to­ward a perime­ter fence. Mirabile was al­ready halfway up the fence when the of­fi­cers caught up to him, but his shorts got snagged along the top of the jagged chain­link en­clo­sure.

Po­lice said he ad­mit­ted steal­ing two hats worth about $10 each.

“I’m an id­iot,” po­lice quoted Mirabile as say­ing when they pulled him off the fence. “I stole the hats, I’m an id­iot.”

Mowry said he pulled Davis off the fence and put him in hand­cuffs. The of­fi­cer said he saw blood on his hands be­fore he re­al­ized where it was com­ing from – a gash three inches long on Davis’s fore­arm.

The se­cu­rity guard later told po­lice that thieves had bro­ken into sev­eral ven­dor tents be­fore the grounds were closed for the evening. The se­cu­rity guard said he got a good look at the sus­pects in the tent op­er­ated by a ven­dor sell­ing Pa­tri­ots gear near So­cial Street.

He con­fronted the two men, who ran off. He was still try­ing to cor­ner the sus­pects when Of­fi­cers Mowry and Bou­vier heard him yelling for help.

When of­fi­cers lo­cated the sales hut al­legedly tar­geted by Mirabile and Davis, they ob­served dam­age to a pro­tec­tive tarp cov­ing the goods and ap­parel strewn about the dirt out­side the area.

Po­lice did not iden­tify the af­fected ven­dor, but they said the in­di­vid­ual was no­ti­fied the fol­low­ing day.

Ni­cholas Kyle Davis

An­thony James Mirabile

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