Suspects arraigned in New Canaan burglaries
Published 9:10 am, Thursday, May 5, 2011
NEW CANAAN -- One member of a high-end burglary duo suspected in at least 88 break-ins along Interstate 95 over the past two years was arraigned Wednesday at state Superior Court in Norwalk, accused of burglarizing seven homes in New Canaan in January and September 2010.
Bernard McAllister, 40, of 13 Nora St., Lisbon, was charged Wednesday with four counts of first-degree larceny, three counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree larceny and a single second-degree larceny charge.
McAllister, held at the New Haven Correctional Center in lieu of $200,000 bond on a first-degree larceny charge, pleaded not guilty to each new charge.
At his arraignment, Judge Bruce Hudock ordered McAllister, charged with larceny last year in connection with the discovery of stolen items in an East Lyme storage facility, held in lieu of an added $100,000 bond.
McAllister and partner Mark Missino, 43, were arrested after Greenwich police reported a burglary on Nov. 13, 2010, asking police in Lisbon and Waterford, where Missino lives, to check if the two were home, according to McAllister's 12-page arrest warrant affidavit. When police could not find them, police went to the storage facility, where Missino was known to keep a locker.
A search of the locker revealed more than $100,000 worth of items stolen from homes in Greenwich, Stamford and New Canaan as well as many other locations, the affidavit said.
Police said the seven New Canaan burglaries occurred on Jan. 15 and Sept. 18, 2010.
Houses on Woodridge Circle, Chichester Road, Bridal Path and Wahackme Road were broken into on Jan 15, and $31,000 worth of jewelry and many other items were stolen, the affidavit said; on Sept. 18, houses on Ramhorne Road, Smith Ridge Road and Stonehenge Drive were burglarized and $53,600 worth of jewelry and other items were stolen.
Inside the East Lyme storage locker a pair of Reebok sneakers fitting the pattern of those used in the New Canaan burglaries was also found, the affidavit said.