4 face charges after break-in, vandalism at Cranston West

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Four people, including one juvenile, have been charged in connection with an early-morning vandalism incident at Cranston High School West on Friday.

Robert Ruggiano, 18, of 110 Harvard St. in Cranston; Brianna L. Belisle, 18, of 46 Leawood Drive, Cranston; Eli J. Sanders, 19, of 28 Lois Ave., Providence; and a juvenile female have all been charged with breaking and entering into a public building, vandalism and conspiracy.

Ruggiano, Belisle and Sanders were arraigned Friday in Third Division District Court. According to judiciary records, each entered no plea and was released on $25,000 personal recognizance, with a next court appearance scheduled for May 17. Each was additionally issued a no-trespassing order for the school.

Police Maj. Todd Patalano said the juvenile’s case was referred to Family Court.

According to Patalano, police responded to the school at approximately 5 a.m. after a burglar alarm went off. Officers found the four suspects inside and discovered damage to the school’s auditorium and a bathroom, he said.

“They had ripped down flags, all of the banners, threw trash all over the place … They were in there and broke the stuff that was hanging on the walls,” he said.

Patalano credited Cranston Public Schools for its alarm and video surveillance systems, which he said enabled a quick police response.

“If we didn’t interrupt them as soon as we did … it could have been much worse,” he said.

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