SOUTHINGTON - A New Haven woman has been charged in connection with a Southington car burglary.
Kirra Berton, 33, allegedly took a wallet and a key lanyard - with keys and one of the victim’s credit card and identification attached - from a vehicle parked in a trail lot on Mill Street on July 8, sometime between about 8-9 a.m. Two people filed a complaint with police later in the day after leaving the vehicle for the trail, leaving behind the keys in the bed of the truck, and returning to find some personal belongings had been taken.
According to the arrest warrant, one of the victims, who had left his wallet in the truck, went to the bank the day of the theft to close off his debit card, only to find that it had been used after the car burglary. Police then contacted the merchant where the card was used, a gas station on Queen Street, and requested video surveillance from transaction.
Police were able to obtain the footage and review it, and from there had a suspect who had used the stolen debit card to buy cigarettes. Investigators could not immediately identify the woman in the video, as one of the victims said she saw her in the parking lot shortly before the theft, but did not know who she was. She also said she likely saw that the two complainants had left the keys behind in the bed of the truck.
Police then reviewed other similar car theft cases in a statewide law enforcement computer system and identified Berton as the suspect. Police in Branford said she is known in their town for stealing credit or debit cards from vehicles.
Berton was arrested in connection with the Southington case last week and was released without having to post bond. She is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Monday to answer to charges of third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, credit card theft, credit card fraud, third-degree identity theft and criminal impersonation.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.