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Police: Painter Burglarized Deceased Woman’s Condo

Officers arrested a Bridgeport man Thursday on burglary and larceny charges for stealing more than $50,000 worth of jewelry from home left vacant after a woman had died, police said today.

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Carl Cebollero: held on $500 bond. Westport Police photo

According to Lt. Jillian Cabana, the woman’s son reported the burglary on Sept. 5.

“Family members frequenting the home reported a recent burglary in which a large amount of jewelry, valued at over $50,000, had been stolen,” Cabana said. “The victim provided photographs and drawings of some of the missing items to investigators.”

She said that detectives later recovered approximately $37,000 worth of the stolen items at a Bridgeport pawnshop, and that the person who had pawned the stolen items was identified as Carl Cebollero, 28.

“They also learned Cebollero had been painting the exteriors of units in the same condominium complex at the time of the burglary,” Cabana said, adding that an arrest warrant application for Cebollero was submitted and later approved.

Cebollero turned himself in on the outstanding arrest warrant Thursday. Charged with third-degree burglary and first-degree larceny, Cebollero was unable to post his $50,000 court set bond.

Cabana added that while Cebollero was in custody, he was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Bridgeport for failure to pay or plead. He was also unable to pay that $500 bond.

He was transported to Norwalk Superior Court today for his arraignment.

 

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