Woman charged in Berlin home invasion

Published on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:55
Written by LISA BACKUS


BERLIN – A Massachusetts woman is free after posting $25,000 bond following her arrest early this morning on home invasion charges.

Danielle Santoro, 26, of Norwood, Mass., was taken into custody at about 1:30 a.m. after police received a phone call that she had broken into a female friend’s Porter’s Pass home and was yelling obscenities, a police report said.

The woman and her boyfriend fled the apartment and called 911. Officers arrived just as Santoro was exiting the back door which she had broken earlier in the evening. She was carrying the boyfriend’s Nintendo Switch handheld game as she was leaving, police said.

It was the second time that evening police were called to the address to deal with Santoro, the police report said. Officers showed up about three hours earlier after she refused to leave. That’s when she broke the door, police said.

The woman and her boyfriend noticed that while they had fled, several items in the apartment had been tossed around and that two of the woman’s tires were flat due to punctures. Santoro was charged with home invasion, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief and sixth-degree larceny.

Santoro’s public defender told New Britain Superior Court Judge Edward Mullarkey that the women had been in a relationship but had broken up and she just wanted her cell phone back which is why she re-entered the apartment while the victim and her boyfriend were in bed. Mullarkey said given the details outlined in the police report, Santoro’s “alleged” conduct “borders on irrational” and she was to have no contact with the victims.

“Do you understand no contact with these people?” Mullarkey said. “A cell phone is not worth 10 years of your life.”

Mullarkey also ordered Santoro to retrieve her car from Berlin police and not re-enter the town.

She was released after the arraignment after posting $25,000 bond, court officials said.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com. Follow Lisa Backus on Twitter @LbackusNBH

Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News, New Britain on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:55. Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:58.