ALERT TO RICHMOND RESIDENTS
Thefts from and of motor vehicles
Sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, October 25th-26th, 2014, unknown culprit(s) stole three (3) motor vehicles from two (2) residential addresses in the Meadowbrook neighborhood off of Route 138. In each case, the owners left their vehicles unlocked and culprits subsequently located vehicle keys that were hidden somewhere inside. Thieves also entered other unlocked vehicles in the neighborhood and stole valuables that included electronic items, such as GPS units. Two of the stolen vehicles have been since been recovered in the City of Pawtucket, and an investigation is ongoing.
There have been a rash of similar thefts in other Rhode Island communities over the last few weeks. This press release is intended to keep Richmond residents informed and emphasize the importance of taking some simple steps to keep themselves and their property safe and secure.
While Richmond is considered a safe place to live and visit, the Town’s proximity to Interstate Route 95 makes it an attractive target for thieves with nefarious intent. To deter property crimes and prevent unnecessary opportunities for theft, residents and visitors should:
Thieves often seek opportunities that present the lowest challenge and lowest risk of being detected and caught, so an unlocked door is the usually the most common means of creating an opportunity for a property crime to occur.
We encourage citizens to contact the Richmond Police Department to report suspicious activity when it is occurring, so the police can respond to take appropriate action.
PRESS RELEASE – October 28th, 2014:
Arrests of Paul Lafrance and John Wedlock
On October 28th, 2014, at approximately 6:30AM, members of the Richmond Police Department and the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force responded to 30 Linden Lane, West Greenwich and arrested Paul R. Lafrance, age 53, of that address on felony charges of (1 count) Indecent Solicitation of a Child and (2 counts) Third Degree Sexual Assault. Later the same day John Wedlock, age 52, of 168 South Jerry Cove, Wakefield turned himself in at the Richmond Police Station where he was arraigned on a felony charge (1 count) of Indecent Solicitation of a Child.
The arrests were the result of an investigation that began on October 7th, 2014 after Chariho School Resource Officer Adam Andrukiewicz was notified by school administration that a student’s mother had made a complaint of an inappropriate relationship between a teacher named John Wedlock and her daughter who was between the ages of 14-16 years of age at the time of the incident.
Richmond Police Detective Drew Bishop and Patrolman Adam Andrukiewicz conducted an investigation into the complaint. In furtherance of the investigation, the Richmond Police Department requested the assistance of the RI State Police ICAC Task Force in order to seek their investigative and forensic expertise at analyzing electronic devices as well for the purpose of obtaining search warrants for said devices. A forensic audit of the devices and further investigation revealed a second suspect named Paul Lafrance, as well as sexually explicit content and communications which the police allege constituted both men of knowingly soliciting, urging, or requesting a person they knew to be under the age of 18 to engage in sexual acts in violation of chapters 9 and 37 of the Rhode Island General Laws.
Mr. Lafrance was processed at the Richmond Police Station and was subsequently transported to 4th District Court in Wakefield and arraigned on the above charges before Judge Joseph T. Houlihan Jr. He was released on $10, 000 Personal Recognizance.
Mr. Wedlock turned himself in at the Richmond Police Station where he was processed and arraigned on the above charges before Justice-of-the-Peace Joseph H. Scott. He was released on $50,000 Personal Recognizance.
The Richmond Police Department reminds the public that an arrest is not a conviction, and that both men are presumed innocent of the above charges until proven otherwise in the appropriate judicial venue.
Any citizen, parent, or youth that has concerns about alleged inappropriate conduct are encouraged to contact their local police department or the state police to report their concerns.
PRESS RELEASE – October 21, 2014