Man Charged With Theft Of Truck In NK Arrested In SK

The 25-year-old Connecticut man is facing charges for allegedly stealing two cash registers and an ATM in South Kingstown, a pick-up truck in NK and cash from a restaurant in Charlestown.

Luis Ortiz-Correa. Credit: WPRI.com
Luis Ortiz-Correa. Credit: WPRI.com

This story was amended Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m.

South Kingstown Police Monday arrested Luis Ortiz-Correa, 25, of New York, in connection with the Sunday theft of a truck in North Kingstown and theft Monday of an ATM and two cash registers from the Seaview Marketplace at 682 Matunuck Beach Road.

He has also been charged by Charlestown Police for two break ins in that town, WPRI reported Tuesday.

According to a release from SK police, officers were dispatched around 3:30 a.m. for a report of a burglar alarm sounding at the market. Upon arrival they noted the store's glass front door had been broken and an ATM and two cash registers were missing, but no suspects were found.

Less than 20 minutes later Patrolman John D'Agostino spotted a red pickup truck stopped with its passenger side door open on Moonstone Beach Road. The driver sped away when the patrolman got out of his cruiser. After briefly losing sight of the truck, D'Agostino came upon it farther down the road overturned in a field with no one in sight.

A Narragansett Police Department K-9 officer was called to assist in finding the driver. At aroudn 6 a.m. officers located the driver, Ortiz-Correa, hiding in the woods. He was taken into custody and transported to South County Hospital for medical treatment.  

According to police, the stolen ATM and cash registers were found in the truck Ortiz-Correa was driving, which had been reported stolen a day earlier from North Kingstown.

Ortiz-Correa is facing charges of breaking and entering and driving a motor vehicle without consent of the owner.

On Tuesday, Charlestown Police charged Ortiz-Correa with break-ins at Kingston Pizza on Old Post Road and Hungry Haven Restaurant on South County Trail. Police went to Kingston Pizza about 3 a.m. Monday after a burglar alarm company called them; while the building was broken into and the register entered, nothing was taken.

The owner of the Hungry Haven had then called police about 6 a.m. after he found someone had broken in overnight and stolen money.

Jeff Crawford December 04, 2013 at 07:17 AM
I guess one could ask the question as to where the Red Town of North Kingstown Pick Up Truck was located on Sunday when it was stolen? I do not recall the Town owning a red pickup truck. I believe the public works vehicles are yellow and the water department are blue. Or was this belonging to the Fire Department?
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) December 04, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Jeff Crawford, my information was incorrect. The truck was not town-owned. It was stolen from a Tower Hill Road resident.
Jeff Crawford December 04, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Thanks for the clarification.


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