PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two laptop computers were stolen from a legislative law office at the Rhode Island Statehouse and were found with a suspect at Providence City Hall, officials said on Thursday.
Larry Berman, a spokesman for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, said employees discovered the theft of laptops, a briefcase and some coins when they arrived at work around 8 a.m. Thursday in the office of legislative counsel, which is located in the statehouse’s basement. The office works on drafting legislation, and nothing confidential was taken, Berman said.
He said it was not clear how the thief got into the building, but there was no damage. An earlier report that a window was smashed was incorrect, Berman said.
Not long after that discovery, Providence Police were called to City Hall because of a man acting suspiciously, Berman said. WPRI-TV reported that Carlos Martinez, 43, was hanging around the building Thursday and was asked to leave. An arrest report said he then came back inside and police arrested him for trespassing. The laptops were discovered during a search.
Martinez was charged with possession of stolen goods and trespassing and is expected to be arraigned Friday. It was not immediately known if he has a lawyer. The laptops were returned to the statehouse, according to Berman.
The investigation was turned over to state police, which is investigating.