(Credit: Pawtucket, R.I. Police Dept)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man and two women from Rhode Island are facing charges in connection with the theft of a Boston police officers’ service weapon outside of a hotel in Pawtucket, R.I.
Officer Emanuel Brandao is currently on paid administrative leave as the Boston Police Department investigate an incident involving two strippers.
The two women, Neish Rivera, 25, and Melissa Dacier, 22, are accused of conspiring with Kyle Benford, 24, of stealing Brandao’s gun.
Benford was arraigned in Providence District Court Monday where a judge set bail at $25,000 with surety and ordered him to appear in Superior Court for a violation.
Police records say that one of the strippers took Brandao’s gun from a locked glove compartment in his car. He told police that he and the women were "hanging out" and gave Dacier his car keys to access a phone charger that she needed.
After both women left, he discovered his gun was missing. That gun was later found at a fire station.
“It’s an unfortunate circumstance, I don’t think there was any intention on his part [Brandao] to go all you know and have his firearm stolen,”said Pawtucket Police Detective Sergeant Chirs LeFort. “He came here secured his firearm in a proper fashion we were supposed to be stored it was just you know misfortune that the key was left the area and they were allowed to access the firearm,” he said.
According to the Providence Journal , Brandao allegedly paid the two women $2500 in exchange for sex by money transfer through their cell phones. Police and court records indicate that Brandao met Rivera on Instagram. Rivera referred to herself has "Natalia" when they met up at Hampton Inn in Pawtucket.
WBZ NewsRadio’s Mike Macklin ( @MikeMacklinWBZ ) reports.