Suspect charged in July theft from parked truck

Published on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 21:29
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON - A New Haven woman has been charged in connection with a theft from a parked pickup truck.

Kirra Berton, 33, allegedly took a key lanyard with keys and ID attached and a wallet containing items including a debit card from a pickup truck that had been parked in a trail lot on Mill Street at around 8 a.m. on July 8.

Two people filed a complaint with police later in the day, saying they had returned from the trail around 9 a.m. to discover that the keys, which they had left in the truck’s bed, and the wallet and its contents were gone.

According to the arrest warrant, one of the victims, who had left his wallet in the truck, went to his bank the day of the theft to request that his debit card be shut off, only to find that it had been used after the burglary.

Police contacted the gas station on Queen Street where the transaction had occurred and requested video surveillance footage.

The video provided police with a look at the female suspect, who had used the stolen card to buy cigarettes, but she was not immediately identifiable.

One of the victims told police she had seen the woman in the parking lot shortly before the theft, but did not know who she was.

Police reviewed similar cases in a statewide law computer system and identified Berton as the suspect. Police in Branford said she is known there for stealing credit or debit cards from vehicles.

Berton was arrested last week and released without having to post bond. She is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court 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 jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 21:29. Updated: Wednesday, 8 November 2017 21:31.