Package thief charged with larceny; No arrests made in incident at Pascoag Cafe


BURRILLVILLE – A Harrisville man was arrested this week and charged with larceny of less than $1,500 after allegedly stealing a package intended for his neighbor.

Kraig Strumner, 34, of Moosup, Conn. was charged after a Samsung S3 waterproof smartwatch went missing from the doorstep of his neighbor’s apartment. The neighbor told police the package was intended as a gift for her son’s birthday.

A maintenance worker at the building told police he saw an empty box addressed to the victim on the floor of Strumner’s apartment. He eventually admitted to the crime, and turned the watch over to police.

The arrest marked a somewhat busy week for the Burrillville Police Department that saw 854 calls for service including 158 traffic stops, a hit and run, two assaults, two vehicle fires and two structure fires.

But no arrests were made in one incident widely discussed on social media.

On Sunday, June 2, members of a motorcycle gang were reportedly denied service at the Pascoag Cafe because they were wearing colors. In a post on Facebook, the owner addressed widespread rumors that there had been a fight at the bar.

“We have a policy at the bar that does not allow anyone to wear motorcycle colors inside the bar,” the post noted. “We politely asked them to remove their colors or to leave the premises. They refused to do either of those things.”  

The bikers reportedly refused to leave the parking lot of the business, and Burrillville police, Glocester Police, Woonsocket police, and state police came to disperse the crowd. 

“There was no fight, no one was ever in danger,” the post noted. “It was a situation that was handled quickly and promptly.”

Burrillville Police Major Dennis Leahey confirmed that telling of events with NRI NOW this week.

“Social media blowing it away out of proportion,” said Leahey. “There were no arrests made.”

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