East Greenwich police are investigating a possible breaking and entering that resulted in alleged thefts of some high-priced art items.
Officers spoke with the owner of Cathay Garden on Main Street, who also owns several apartments within the area, on July 1 regarding the incident. The owner alleges he went into his apartment at 353 Main St. and noticed the door was open. According to the police report, the owner told officers he has locked that door every day for the last 10 days.
The owner, according to the report, said he noticed a sweatshirt not belonging to either him or his wife lying on the coffee table and then noticed some things missing from the apartment. The owner alleges that four crystal dragons were missing from a showcase in the living room, as well as three paintings that were hanging on the wall and a lamp.
The owner claims that three of the crystal dragons were approximately six inches long, each one costing about $500. The fourth dragon was about 12 inches long and is allegedly worth close to $1,000, according to the police report. The three paintings, as stated in the police report, all ranged in size – one being of a bird, another of fruit and the third consisting of three horses – and the total cost for them was approximately $2,500. The lamp, the owner alleges, had a green lamp shade and it is worth around $20.
The owner, according to the report, alleges that one of his tenants and his friends were seen drinking in the back parking lot next to his apartment about 10 to 11 days prior to the incident. The owner stated the group allegedly entered the unlocked apartment and had taken seat cushions off of the couch and were using them to sit on the asphalt outside. According to the report, the owner told the tenants to put the cushions back and to never enter the apartment again, which then prompted the owner to commence locking the door to the apartment. The owner, as stated in the report, is unsure if the items went missing then.
According to the police report, there was no sign of forced entry into the apartment at any point and all of the windows were locked and in place. The sweatshirt, according to the report, appeared to be female clothing in size and it smelled heavily of cigarettes.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.