Police: Two arrested after breaking into the Northern Star to smoke pot

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NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department arrested two men after they allegedly broke into the Northern Star late Saturday afternoon.

Keith Sylvester, 29, and Justin Roy, 23, of Newport, were each arrested and charged with unlawful mischief, resisting arrest, and burglary.

On Saturday, at around 4:30 p.m., officers responded to the docked boat for a report of two unknown individuals on board.

Upon arrival, officers boarded the Northern Star and could hear the sound of glass breaking below deck.

Police located the two suspects, who allegedly began to flee when ordered to stop.

Both suspects attempted to jump off the boat, but Roy fell into the water while officers took Sylvester into custody.

Roy was pulled from the water and arrested as well.

According to police, the men had allegedly broken onto the boat to smoke marijuana and ended up vandalizing the interior with a hammer while on board.

Police say they located a bag of marijuana floating in the lake near Roy and also seized a small amount of marijuana from Sylvester.

Upon further investigation, officers determined that several dishes, a surveillance camera and other items inside the boat with an estimated value over $1,000 were damaged.

Both are currently being held on $5,000 bail pending their arraignment.

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