Trail of blood leads police to suspected copper pipe thief
A trail of blood helped police find a burglary suspect after they say the man cut his hand trying to cut copper pipes from a New Canaan home in August.
Sebastiano P. Sciaretta, 45, of Newfield Avenue, Stamford, faces two charges each of third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny.
According to police, Sciaretta was one of the contractors demolishing a Summer Street home, which was under a major renovation, when he stole $1,000 worth of copper pipes from the residence in two separate burglaries within a week.
One of the homeowners called police Aug. 27 after she noticed pipes had been cut from the ceiling area on the first floor sometime during the prior 24 hours, according to the report. The complainant had also found a broken window when she arrived home that morning, police said. The woman told police a rear door was forced open a few days earlier, but she didn't call police then because she thought nothing was missing. However, police said the investigation showed Sciaretta stole copper during that first incident as well.
After finding blood in the area where the pipes were cut, police took samples and sent them to a lab, where they found a DNA match for Sciaretta, described by police as a "known offender."
The suspect, who police said still had cut marks on his hand when he was first contacted, was cooperative and turned himself in Dec. 20. He was released on a promise to appear in court Dec. 30.