DNA leads to arrest of New Canaan home burglary suspect
DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a suspect in a break-in at a New Canaan home in June, when almost $46,000 worth of jewelry, cash and Oxycontin pills were stolen.
Lawrence Ruscoe, 55, of Hartford Road, Brooklyn, Conn., was charged with first-degree larceny, third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief.
Ruscoe broke into the Llewellyn Drive home sometime between June 9 and 10 by throwing a large rock at one of the back doors, police said. The 57-year-old homeowner discovered the damage, as well as evidence of ransacking, when he arrived home the evening of June 10 after being away for more than 24 hours, according to the report.
Police collected DNA evidence from several objects in the house and sent it to a laboratory, where the sample matched one for Ruscoe. The suspect, who police said has a long criminal history, was convicted in 2007 of selling controlled substance and other similar charges, according to the Department of Justice's website.
Some of the jewelry items that were stolen in New Canaan include seven necklaces, valued at $12,600; three pairs of earrings, valued at $8,300; eight broaches, valued at $6,000; a $3,700 set of cufflinks; three pen and pencil sets, valued at $3,600; three bracelets, valued $3,100; five rings, valued at $3,000, and five watches, valued at $3,000. Also taken were $2,200 in cash and a bottle with 15 Oxycontin pills.
None of the items has been recovered, according to police. In addition, the damage to the doors, window panels and an alarm component that were broken during the incident is estimated at $8,000.
After a warrant for Ruscoe's arrest was issued, New Canaan police processed him Nov. 20 while he was in Superior Court in Norwalk answering other charges. He was held in lieu of $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Dec. 11 in court.