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Friday, February 25, 2011

Burglars Knew Homeowner, Police Say

By James Lomuscio

UPDATE Two Westport burglaries near each other Thursday night and late today involved suspects known to the homeowners, police said. Three persons were arrested.

Police arrested two juveniles Thursday night and are seeking others for burglarizing a home on Calumet Road, Police Capt. Sam Arciola said today. He said the suspects knew the residents of the home.WestportNow.com Image
The burglary took place on Calumet Road off of Clinton Avenue. Google map

“I wouldn’t cause an alarm,” Arciola said. “It seems to be an isolated incident. The people that are involved with this incident are familiar with residents of the house.”

Late this afternoon, police were called to a home on nearby Sniffen Road on a report of a break in there. A witness said he saw a blond woman leaving the home a short time earlier carrying black suitcases. This incident, too, appeared to involve someone known to the homeowner.

Police late tonight announced the arrest of Teresa C. D’Alessio, 21, of Norwalk, who they said attempted to pawn items in Bridgeport that had been taken from the home. She was charged with burglary, larceny, and violating a protective order and held on $25,000 bond for a March 7 court date. Public records showed she had previously resided at 21 Sniffen Road.

It was not immediately clear if there was any connection between the burglaries. D’Alessio is a former Staples High School student, according to her Facebook page. The others involved in the Calumet Road incident may also have Staples ties, but their names were not released because they are under 18.

Each was held on a $1,000 bond Thursday night. One posted bail and the other, unable to post, was remanded to Norwalk Superior Court today, Arciola said. Both are scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on March 9.

Initial reports said police were seeking a third individual who fled on foot after three units responded around 6:30 p.m. to a neighbor’s call that individuals were in the house of a resident who was away. The house is on Calumet Road just off of Clinton Avenue.

“On arrival to the residence, the three responding units set up a perimeter around the house, and the observed people running from the residence,” Arciola said. “Two of the individuals were detained, and their names are not being released because they are youths.

“We are continuing our investigation into the identity of the other individuals who may have been inside the residence,” he added.

Since the break-in, Arciola said, police have contacted the homeowner. He reported that he had not authorized people to be in his house while he was away, Arciola said.

The burglary on Sniffen Road, just around the corner from Calumet Road, was solved within hours of its occurrence. A passing truck driver told police he saw a woman matching the description of the wanted woman at the Merritt Country Store, according to detectives.

There, a clerk confirmed the woman had been in store but left in a taxi. Police contacted the cab company which said she was taken to a pawn shop in Bridgeport. Police said she was arrested in that city at about 9 p.m.and was in possession of the suitcases and items taken from the home.

D’Alessio has had at least one previous run-in with police. A year ago she was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal mischief after allegedly damaging a relative’s personal property during an argument in the person’s home, according to published reports.

Disposition of her case was not known, nor was it known whether the protective order she violated resulted from this incident.


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Once again: Great police work…and the help from watchful neighbors and others.

Posted by Mary A. West on February 26, 2011 at 08:57 PM | #

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