ATTLEBORO — A suspect in multiple area thefts, including one at Norfolk town hall, was apprehended over the weekend in Attleboro after a foot chase and ran from police again as he was being brought to Attleboro District Court for arraignment Monday.
Paul A. Zazzaro, 48, of Providence, allegedly ran from police in the parking lot of Attleboro District Court after getting out of a cruiser. The handcuffed Zazzaro was captured about 100 yards away on Hodges Street after a brief foot chase, according to police Lt. Jeff Rogers.
Zazzaro was initially arrested Saturday around noon time when Officer Timothy Keane stopped him on North Main Street after he pulled into Speedy Oil in a car police alleged was stolen in Providence on June 6, according to police.
Zazzaro ran from the car into the Balfour Riverwalk Park where a bystander pointed out where he was hiding before Zazzaro ran across traffic on North Main Street, forcing cars to brake and swerve to avoid hitting him, according to police.
The suspect was apprehended after a scuffle. He and Keane were treated for scrapes and bruises but Zazzaro was later taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to police.
In court Monday, Judge Michele Armour ordered Zazzaro held in jail on $5,000 cash bail and continued his case to July 15 for a pretrial conference.
Assistant District Attorney Natasha Azevedo recommended $10,000 cash, arguing Zazzaro has a significant criminal record of theft-related crimes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Zazzaro is currently wanted on a warrant in Rhode Island, according to Azevedo.
Public defender Susanna Henry said Zazzaro had a relapse recently after two years of sobriety and requested $250 cash bail.
Police say they linked Zazzaro to the theft of a wallet from an employee’s purse at Christopher Heights on South Main Street in downtown Attleboro. The victim’s credit card was allegedly used to buy a $165 cell phone at Metro PCS at 13 Park St., according to police.
Inside the car he was driving, police say they found the victim’s wallet, the cellphone and 15 different credit cards, according to police.
Police say Zazzaro is on the run from other area departments and is under investigation for similar thefts reported in the area at nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities, according to police.
Norfolk Deputy Police Chief Jon Carroll said Zazzaro is charged with stealing an employee’s wallet at town hall on June 11 and racking up $1,470 in charges. He faces multiple charges, including credit card fraud, identity fraud, receiving stolen property and larceny.
Zazzaro is also suspected of using a credit card in Wrentham and is a suspect in crimes in Foxboro and North Attleboro.
Attleboro police lodged 11 charges against him, including receiving a stolen motor vehicle, larceny, credit card fraud, larceny from a building and resisting arrest, according to police.
Rogers said police will also be filing additional charges, including being disorderly and disturbing the peace.