- Associated Press - Thursday, October 12, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Latest on laptops stolen from the Rhode Island Statehouse and found at Providence City Hall (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

Police say a Providence man is in custody after he allegedly was found at City Hall with two laptop computers reported stolen from the statehouse.

Police say 43-year-old Carlos Martinez was charged Thursday with possession of stolen goods and trespassing and is expected to be arraigned Friday. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

WPRI-TV reports that Martinez was hanging around at City Hall Thursday and was asked to leave. A police report says officers arrested him after he went back into the building and the laptops were found during a search.

Larry Berman, a state House of Representatives spokesman, says nothing sensitive was taken. He says officials aren’t sure how the thief got in the building, but there was no damage. An earlier report that a window was smashed was incorrect.


12:45 p.m.

Officials say multiple laptop computers were stolen from a legislative law office at the Rhode Island Statehouse and were found with a suspect at Providence City Hall.

Larry Berman, a House spokesman, told WPRI-TV on Thursday that someone smashed a window to the basement office of a legislative counsel overnight. He says a state laptop used to write legislation was stolen, along with a personal laptop and other personal items belonging to people who worked in the office. He says nothing sensitive was taken.

Berman later told The Associated Press that a third laptop was also taken.

He says the suspect was caught trying to sell the laptops.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Jorge Elorza says the person was arrested at city hall.

State police are investigating.

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