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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Man tied to Rhode Island mob burglary ring arrested

A Cranston man who was once part of what state police called the biggest mob related burglary ring in Rhode Island history, is in custody again, accused of a new string of crimes.

43-year-old Louis Marchetti led Cranston police on a brief chase Saturday before officers say he jumped out of his vehicle on Olive Avenue and ran. Police tell Target 12 that a Warwick police dog picked up Marchetti’s scent, leading investigators to the back door of his Nomandy Drive home.

Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo says the department’s Crisis Negotiators were able to get Marchetti’s wife and her children out of the home safely but when they went inside, Marchetti was not there.

He turned himself into Cranston police Monday morning and according to Colonel Palombo, Marchetti is suspected to be “a major player in a crew responsible” for a series of break-ins in Cranston, Warwick, East Greenwich and Scituate.

Police say the most recent case was in Scituate on Saturday, with the details of that crime putting investigator’s on Marchetti’s trail.

“This has been a regional effort with our local partners,” Colonel Palombo said of Marchetti’s arrest and the task force assigned to the break-in cases. “He is a lifelong criminal that gained no benefit from a lengthy incarceration.”


It was 17 years ago when Marchetti was swept up as part of what state police called “the nugget group” burglary ring. 44 suspects were indicted in the summer of ’96 in connection with 900 crimes throughout New England. Almost half of those cases were break-ins.

Among the others arrested in that summer time sweep was mob boss Luigi ‘ Baby Shacks ’ Manocchio. Video recorded on that July day in 1996, shows a hand-cuffed Manocchio, escorted by a dark-haired Lieutenant Brendan Doherty.

Investigators alleged as much as $10 million in jewelry, cash and merchandise was stolen by that 90’s era racket and that most of it was laundered at The Golden Nugget pawn shop in Olneyville.

Marchetti, who was said to be one of the leaders of "the nugget group", received a 50 year sentence with 34 years to serve. ACI spokeswoman Susan Lamkins tells Target 12, records indicate Marchetti was released in September of 2007 into home confinement.


The new charges surfaced as police pinpointed their focus on Marchetti’s home.

“It went on all night,” neighbor Anthony Cardillo said. “Then, on the bull horn, you heard the guy saying, Louis, come out of the house. Your family, let them go. You’re better than that.”

After his family was safely out of the home, police set off a flash grenade and entered but Marchetti was not inside. Investigators are not saying whether or not they know if Marchetti was ever in the home while police were gathering outside.

The search for him continued through the weekend until about 11:30 Monday morning when Marchetti turned himself in. According to court records, the 43-year-old has a criminal history of break-ins that dates back to 1987.

The latest blemishes will involve breaking and entering, reckless driving and eluding police. Colonel Palombo says more charges and more arrests are possible.

"The investigation is continuing," Colonel Palombo said.



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