Prolific Fairfield County burglar's case upgraded to more serious docket
Published 10:05 am, Thursday, June 23, 2011
NORWALK -- A Lisbon man suspected in dozens of high-end Fairfield County home burglaries has had his seven New Canaan burglary cases transferred to the Stamford courthouse Part A docket, where the most serious cases in the area are heard.
Bernard McAllister, 40, of 13 Nora St., Lisbon made a brief appearance at the Norwalk courthouse Wednesday before Judge Bruce Hudock transferred his case to Stamford. McAllister is suspcted in scores of other burglaries around the state.
McAllister did not say a word during the appearance -- his fourth since a May 4 arrest for the seven burglaries, which occurred over two days in New Canaan during January and September 2010, respectively.
Authorities say McAllister and his accomplice Mark Missino, 43, are suspects in 88 burglaries around Connecticut.
The two are also suspects in a dozen backcountry Greenwich burglaries as well as nine Stamford burglary cases police said.
"It is no secret that he and his cohort have been identified in an epidemic of burglaries," said Sgt. Peter diSpagna of the Stamford Property Crimes Unit. "We are in the process of putting together all of our cases."
Although warrants have been secured for McAllister and Missino's arrests, diSpagna said they probably will not be served with the arrests when McAllister is next scheduled for court in Stamford on July 13 because there will not be enough time.
Stamford police are in the process of matching burglary evidence recovered in an East Lyme storage locker last November with city burglaries.
Burglary victims are coming to the Stamford police deparmtent to look through about 10,000 computer photos of recovered possessions to see if any of it belongs to them.
Greenwich police spokesman Lt. Kraig Gray said detectives in his town are completing their arrest warrants for McAllister and Missino's arrests. If they are signed by a judge by the time McAllister returns to Stamford, Kraig said there was a good chance he would be served in mid-July.
McAllister and Missino were arrested in November after state police tracked the two to a storage locker in East Lyme, where about $1 million worth of stolen goods was recovered.
Authorities say they found about 100,000 stolen items in a storage unit at the East Lyme Rent-A-Space business, including a $15,000 fur coat, a host of jewelry items and paintings, and a $5,000 bicycle. They came from homes including mansions in Greenwich and summer cottages in the Niantic section of East Lyme.