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Police chase covers several states

September 12, 2000

Police chase covers several states



By DON AINES / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In the space of little more than a day last week Thomas V. Dansereau traveled from Rhode Island to Maryland and back, collecting more than a dozen felony charges along the way, police in three states alleged.

Dansereau, 29, of Glendale, R.I., was being held without bond on fugitive warrants from Maryland and Pennsylvania, according to Glocester (R.I.) Police Chief Jamie Hainsworth. He was also being held on felony charges in his home state, Hainsworth said Tuesday.

Police say that Dansereau's odyssey may have begun at about 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, when a firearm was stolen from a Cumberland, R.I., home, Hainsworth said.

It ended at 11:45 a.m. the next day when Dansereau was picked up in Glocester on a series of felony charges.

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At about 8:30 p.m. Thursday a man entered the Southampton Township home of Dick and Betty Kling. The Pennsylvania State Police report said a man pointed a shotgun at the couple, but fled the house without harming them or stealing anything.

Dansereau was charged by local authorities with burglary, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

At 9:43 p.m. the same day, police in Hagerstown received a report of a carjacking in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter. The report said a man carrying a firearm threatened a 40-year-old West Virginia woman with a firearm.

The man ordered her into her car, but she broke free after a struggle and the man fled in her Ford Contour. When police searched the parking lot they found a car with Rhode Island plates registered to Dansereau, who was wanted in Rhode Island.

Dansereau was charged in Maryland with attempted kidnapping, armed carjacking, robbery, felony theft, first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to Hagerstown police.

"The reason why we stopped him was the Pennsylvania and Maryland warrants," Hainsworth said Tuesday.

Dansereau was charged in Rhode Island with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, possession of a loaded weapon in a vehicle, possession of a firearm while being a fugitive from another state and the fugitive warrants from Pennsylvania and Maryland, he said.

Police in Cumberland, R.I., have also charged Danerseau with the theft of a firearm, Hainsworth said.

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