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3rd arrest made over alleged theft of Boston police officer’s service weapon in R.I.

Kyle Benford, 24, of Providence was arrested Saturday in connection with the theft of a Boston police officer’s service weapon. Two women previously were charged in the case.Providence Police Department

A third person was arrested in Rhode Island over the weekend in connection with the theft of a Boston police officer’s gun from his car that was parked last week at a hotel in Pawtucket, R.I., authorities said.

Kyle Benford, 24, of Providence was arrested Saturday night on a warrant issued by Pawtucket police on charges of larceny of a firearm and conspiracy, Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said.

Benford, who was known to police, was arrested at about 9:45 p.m. near a housing development on Hartford Avenue in Providence, Major David Lapatin said.

“We were looking for him and they spotted him on video,” Lapatin said by telephone Sunday night. “As soon as he left, the police got him.”


Benford is expected to be arraigned Monday in Providence District Court, Clements said.

Clements deferred further comment to Pawtucket authorities.

Pawtucket police could not be immediately be reached for comment Sunday night.

Benford’s arrest came a week after two women, Neish Rivera, 25, of Pawtucket, and Melissa Dacier, 22, of Providence, were also arrested and charged with stealing the gun, a Glock 22, authorities said.

Rivera and Dacier accompanied a Boston police officer, who has not been identified, to a strip club and bar on the weekend of Feb. 2. The three returned to the officer’s room at a Hampton Inn in Pawtucket, where they “hung out,” for a few hours, according to a Pawtucket police report.

The officer gave the keys to his car to Rivera, who told him she needed a cell phone charger. She returned to the room, but later left, saying she was going to look for Dacier, who had left hotel room to make a phone call, the report said.

The Boston officer eventually went to look for Rivera. He went to his car, where he discovered the gun missing from his glove box. He reported the gun stolen to Pawtucket police around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The gun belongs to the Boston Police Department.


The officer, whose name and rank have not been disclosed, was placed on paid leave, pending an internal affairs investigation, the department said last week.

A Boston police spokesman said Sunday night the department had no comment on Benford’s arrest due to the ongoing investigation.

Melissa Dacier (left) and Neish Rivera already were arrested in connection with the case.Pawtucket (R.I.) Police Department/The Providence Journal

Material from previous Globe coverage was used in this report. Alejandro Serrano can be reached at alejandro.serrano@globe.com.