SOUTHINGTON - Police are looking for a Cheshire woman who didn't show up to court to answer to charges she helped steal more than $15,000 worth of jewelry from a Southington resident.
Melissa Quinn, 33, was ordered to be re-arrested Thursday during her scheduled hearing in Bristol Superior Court. Her attorney was present for the hearing, where he said he did not know where his client was.
Quinn will be charged with failure to appear in court when she is found and held on $10,000 bond. She currently faces charges of second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny.
According to police, Quinn and Southington resident Albert Skwiot, 35, had been staying at a home belonging to a relative of Skwiot in September, when the homeowner found that $15,900 worth of jewelry was missing from the bedroom. This included 20 pairs of gold earrings and 40 gold rings.
Quinn and Skwiot, who has since pleaded guilty, were charged the following month and accused of stealing the jewelry. Skwiot was sentenced to two years in prison during a hearing in May after pleading guilty to one count of third-degree larceny.
Quinn had been offered a suspended jail sentence, but that offer was revoked after prosecutors were made aware that she had been arrested twice in other jurisdictions. The new plea deal offer, state prosecutors have said, will include prison time.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.