Multiple felony charges for Michael Gaccione, 36, and Rose Roberts, 37, of Westerly
HOPKINTON – Hopkinton Police arrested a Westerly couple in connection with two recent break-ins on Thursday.
Police arrested Michael Gaccione, 36, and Rose Roberts, 37, both of 37 Canal St., Westerly, in connection with two attempted break-ins into Hopkinton homes.
Gaccione and Roberts were arraigned in 4th District Court, Wakefield, before Judge Madeline Quirk on Friday.
Gaccione entered no plea to seven felony charges including conspiracy to attempt breaking and entering, two counts of breaking and entering and three counts of making threats to public officials. He is also charged with malicious injury to property and disorderly conduct, misdemeanor charges.
The charges of making threats stem from Gaccione’s actions during arraignment at the Hopkinton Police Station. According to police, Gaccione repeatedly threatened officers’ lives and their families while acting disorderly.
Roberts, who police say is Gaccione’s accomplice, also entered no plea to three felonies - conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and two counts of attempted breaking and entering. She is also charged with driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor.
According to a press release issued by Hopkinton Police Chief David Palmer, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thursday, a Hopkinton Patrolman David Whewell observed suspicious activity at a residence on Woodville Alton Road. He observed a red Geo Tracker backed into the driveway and was aware that the homeowners did not own a similar vehicle.
Patrolman Whewell watched as Gaccione and Roberts walked to the front door and Gaccione knocked on the door and then put his hands and face up to a window to see inside.
Gaccione reportedly then attempted to open the door but it was locked. Roberts saw the police cruiser and it was at this time that Patrolman Whewell received a broadcast that there had been an attempted break at a residence on Forest Glen Drive, a short distance away. The description of the vehicle and the suspects matched. Patrolman Whewell approached Gaccione and Roberts and other officers arrived. The suspects were placed under arrest and transported to the Hopkinton Police Station.
Shortly before the arrest, Gaccione and Roberts reportedly knocked on the front door of a residence on Forest Glen Drive. The homeowner informed police that Gaccione attempted to gain entrance into her house by ripping her screen window.
The resident confronted the suspect as he moved to the sliding glass door and attempted to gain access. Gaccione screamed at the resident that he was looking for somebody and fled abruptly in a vehicle driven by Roberts. The resident called her husband who told her to call the police.
Gaccione has a lengthy criminal past, with charges of simple domestic assault, domestic disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license and willful trespass dating back to 1998.
Due to his criminal history, Gaccione’s bail was set at $200,000 with surety, meaning he will have to pay $2,000 cash for his release.
Roberts’ bail was set at $5,000 with surety. Both are due back in court March 7.