2 men charged in statewide burglary spree
Two Connecticut men arrested last year in connection with a statewide burglary spree that spanned at least 11 months and six different towns are facing new charges, according to police.
Greenwich police arrested Mark T. Missino, 44, of 92 Shore Road, Waterford, on Monday and Bernard E. McAllister, 40, of 13 Nora St., Lisbon, on Aug. 2. Both men were charged with multiple counts of burglary, larceny, criminal mischief and conspiracy.
McAllister and Missino are suspected in at least 88 burglaries around Connecticut. The burglary spree, which allegedly began in January 2010 and continued into November 2010, included ten burglaries and one attempted burglary in Greenwich. As a result of the alleged thefts, Greenwich victims sustained approximately $190,000 in combined property damage and a loss of approximately $376,000.
In mid-January of 2010, four burglaries and attempted burglaries were reported on Highland Farm, Round Hill and Close roads and North Street. Another four homes were hit during a weekend in early March, including homes on Sky Ridge, Sumner, Dairy and Day roads. In nearly every case, the suspects forced entry and took off with cash, coins and jewelry, police said last year.
Between March and October of 2010, things went quiet in Greenwich, but other jurisdictions in the region were dealing with similar cases, police said, including New Canaan and Darien.
In October of 2010, two more backcountry houses were hit on Sky Ridge and Huntington Ridge roads.
A break in the case occurred last November, when a burglary was reported in Greenwich and detectives alerted officers in East Lyme, where the suspects were known to visit. After Greenwich detectives contacted East Lyme officials, an officer on patrol in East Lyme went looking for the white Nissan Maxima the suspects were known to drive and spotted it at a storage facility. Two men walked out of the storage facility, and the men then fled, state police said at the time of the arrest.
Authorities then found about 10,000 allegedly 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. Authorities estimated the total cost of the allegedly stolen items to be in excess of $1 million. The items allegedly came from homes, including mansions in Greenwich and summer cottages in the Niantic section of East Lyme.
Later in November of 2010, Massachusetts State Police said one of their troopers was doing routine checks of motel registrants when he discovered that one of the two suspects was staying at a Super 8 motel in Leominster. McAllister and Missino were both arrested there.
Greenwich detectives collaborated with more than one dozen jurisdictions, including state and federal agencies, in bringing charges against McAllister and Missino.
To date, both men have been arrested by police departments in Glastonbury, Madison, New Canaan, Stamford, Wallingford, as well as by State Police.
Greenwich police said the spree is one of the largest and most complex they have investigated.
McAllister and Missino are currently being held by the Department of Corrections on $750,000 bond stemming from the Greenwich charges.
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