Arrests Made in 4-Town Home Burglary Spree

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    From left to right, Shane Martingano Derek Perini and Dane Tilley have been charged ina spree of residential burglaries in several towns.

    Police have made three arrests in connection with six residential burglaries in Durham, Haddam, Higganum and Killingworth between November and January.

    State police had been investigating these burglaries, as well as home burglaries in Middlefield, and working with police in Middletown, Cromwell and Rocky Hill, which were also investigating residential burglaries.

    Witnesses provided vehicle descriptions and police determined that a 1998 tan Chevy S10 pickup connected to three men was used, as well as a green 1997 Honda Civic connected to a woman suspected of being involved.

    Further investigation determined that the burglars used window punches and carried jewelry off in pillow cases.

    The pillow cases were found in one suspect’s residence in Hartford, while the jewelry was sold to drug dealers in Hartford or sold in pawn shops, according to police.

    Shane Martingano, 31, and Derek Perini, 29, who live together in Hartford, and Dane Tilley, 29, of Middletown, were arrested, accused of  stealing jewelry and electronics during a daytime residential burglary on Gunger Hill Road in Higganum in November 2012.

    They were also suspected of stealing a safe containing a firearm, electronics and jewelry in a daytime residential burglary on Cedar Lake Road in Haddam in the same month.

    All three have been charged in two daytime residential burglaries on Dec. 6, in which electronics and jewelry were stolen from a home on Little City Road in Killingworth and another on Weise Albert Road in Higganum.

    Martingano and Perini are also accused of stealing electronics and jewelry from a home on Grapevine Road in Higganum in January 13.

    Tilley is accused of committing a burglary on Haddam Quarter Road in Durham in January.

    Police said a woman who is at York Correctional Facility in Niantic on unrelated charges is accused of driving the getaway vehicle, a Honda Civic, and both are suspected in a residential burglary in Wallingford.

    Several charges have been filed against all three men. Charges connected to the burglaries are pending against the woman.