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Police: Home invaders posed as cops, stole dog

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police said they’ve arrested three men suspected in a home invasion on Alverson Ave. last month.

Jose Montes, 32, of Cranston, Adrian Pagan, 25, of Providence, and Jeffry Rosario, 22, of Pawtucket were ordered held without bail Thursday, police said.

Montes, Pagan, and Rosario are accused of forcing their way into the Alverson Ave. home early in the morning on Aug. 19. According to police, the 28-year-old woman and 18-year-old man who were in the home told investigators the suspects claimed to be police officers. The victims said one man was wearing what looked like a uniform and a badge.

Once inside, police said the suspects pulled out guns, handcuffed the 18-year-old man, and tied up the 28-year-old woman with packing tape. The robbers then ransacked the house, taking off with the woman’s phone and her small dog.

“They’re dangerous people, and we’re very, very happy they’re off the street,” said Maj. David Lapatin of the Providence Police Department.

Police said they caught the three suspects last weekend. Pagan and Rosario were arrested early Friday morning after police responded to a burglar alarm on Dunford St. Cranston police arrested Montes at his Vigilant St. home on Saturday. Police said they found the stolen dog there, as well as a large marijuana growing operation.

All three men are charged with burglary, robbery and conspiracy.

If you’re ever concerned someone knocking on your door is impersonating a police officer, police say you should always ask for a warrant.

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