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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Career criminal arrested in Providence after string of burglaries

A key figure in a marauding crime ring that terrorized the region in the 1990s — stealing millions of dollars worth of valuables from homes and businesses — spent the last several months again practicing his illicit trade, the police say.

That was until Tuesday when law enforcement authorities arrested Michael A. Rossi, 57, at his home at 55 Marilyn Drive, North Providence. They allege Rossi was the ringleader of another, yet smaller, group of criminals responsible for 23 house breaks around the state and two bank robberies since June.

“He is a career criminal,” state police Col. Steven G. O’Donnell said Friday at state police headquarters in North Scituate in announcing the arrest of Rossi and two associates. “That is his M.O. That’s what he has done for 30 years.”

O’Donnell identified the two associates as: Leonard L. Dias, 48, of 16 Capital St., second floor, Pawtucket, and Dino A. Gomes, 45, of 384 Orms St., Apt. 4, Providence.

Rossi, paroled in 2002 from his earlier mob-sanctioned activities, faces a host of new charges. They include: breaking into 22 homes around the state, from North Providence to North Kingstown (8 occurred in Johnston), attempting to break into another, 10 counts of larceny over $1,500, bank robbery and possession of a stolen firearm.

The police said they found a .40-caliber pistol during a search of Rossi’s home. It had been stolen during a Providence house break.

O’Donnell said Rossi and Dias were responsible for the July 1 robbery of Santander Bank on Elmgrove Avenue in Providence, and the Aug. 24 robbery of Bank RI on Pitman Street in Providence.

In 1999, Rossi pleaded guilty to more than 200 felony charges, including 188 counts of burglary, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison — 12 to serve with the remaining 18 years suspended. With three years credited for time already served, he stayed behind bars for almost six years before being paroled.

Rossi had been one of more than 44 people named in a 1996 indictment as authorities investigated a crime ring that had committed hundreds of break-ins around New England, stealing as much as $10 million in jewelry, cash, guns, snow blowers, washing machines, refrigerators and microwave ovens.

Among those named in the indictment were Luigi “Baby Shacks” Manocchio, the acting boss of the Patriarca organized crime family, and the Golden Nugget Pawn Shop in Olneyville, which authorities said bought some $350,000 in jewelry that Rossi and two other men had stolen from two separate jewelry stores in 1995.

Among the charges Rossi pleaded guilty to in 1999 was the midday robbery of LAR Imports, in Cumberland, on April 6, 1994. Rossi and another man burst into the store across the street from Town Hall. They held two clerks at gunpoint and fled with $44,363 worth of jewelry and money.

Rossi was spared a life imprisonment sentence because he was cooperating with law enforcement authorities.

At his arraignment Friday on his new charges, Rossi was ordered held without bail.

Rossi is facing more than 40 years behind bars if convicted on the new house break charges alone.


1 comment:

  1. Nick Barone & his crackhead 💀 brother STEVEY,who died from AIDS.. are all 2FACE_DECIETFUL_RATS...