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Bristol Police Charge Man For Robbery at Doughnut Shop

Providence man, 29, allegedly robbed the Dunkin' Donuts on Gooding Avenue in Bristol of $224.

James P. Novack, arrested for robbing a Dunkin' Donuts in Bristol. Credit: Bristol Police Department
James P. Novack, arrested for robbing a Dunkin' Donuts in Bristol. Credit: Bristol Police Department

A 29-year-old Providence man has been charged with the robbery of the Dunkin’ Donuts store on Gooding Avenue in Bristol on Nov. 16.

James P. Novack, with a last known address of 66 Miller Ave., was taken into custody by Bristol police on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Providence Police Department. Novack was located by Providence police and arrested on a Bristol warrant for first-degree robbery.

Bristol police obtained the warrant for Novack’s arrest on Nov. 25. It followed an investigation of the 4:55 pm robbery reported by two male employees of Dunkin’ Donuts.

“They provided a description of a man wearing a winter hat and hood who walked up to the counter with his hands in a sweatshirt,” said Bristol Deputy Chief Steven Contente in a press release.

The man then presented a note that stated he had a gun and wanted cash, according to Contente. The man left the doughnut shop on foot with $224. 

Later that same evening, according to Contente, the investigation continued after Bristol olice learned that a man fitting Novack’s description had made contact with Barrington police at 6:50 pm because of an incident at the CVS pharmacy on County Road.

Video surveillance from the CVS of Novack’s dress and appearance matched that of the video taken of the suspect in the Dunkin’ Donuts’ robbery, Contente said.

Novack appeared before a justice of the peace at 11 pm Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Bristol Police Department. He was held without bail with an arraignment scheduled for today, Dec. 4, at Sixth District Court in Providence.

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