Man caught burglarizing home of vacationing Westporters
Published 3:42 pm, Wednesday, January 5, 2011
A 20-year-old Westport man was caught in the act of burglarizing a Calumet Road home Wednesday morning, police said.
Avi Silberman was taken into custody by police as he was leaving the house shortly after 8 a.m., after a neighbor reported seeing him walking around the property. The neighbor knew that the home's occupants were away on vacation.
The three officers dispatched to investigate questioned Silberman about why he was at the house, and learned that he knew that no one was at home. Police then contacted the homeowner, who told them that Silberman had no right to be in the house.
Silberman had in his possession earrings that he had stolen from the house, police said. Marijuana was found in his vehicle when it was searched by the officers, according to the report.
He was charged with burglary third-degree, larceny sixth-degree and illegal possession of marijuana. He was released on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Jan. 20 in Norwalk Superior Court.
Police officials cited the critical role the neighbor played in alerting police to the suspicious activity. Reports by witnesses can be a key factor in preventing crime or apprehending suspects, they said in a statement.
Suspicious activity can be reported to the Westport Police Department's non-emergency number at 203-341-6000. In the case of emergencies, call 911.