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Woman arrested twice in same day for car crimes

Published 7:52 pm, Sunday, January 20, 2013
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FAIRFIELD -- A 32-year-old woman arrested Saturday afternoon for allegedly burglarizing a car in a parking lot on Kings Highway Cutoff bailed herself out of jail, only to be busted a few hours later for allegedly breaking into another car outside a local restaurant.

Dena Bonaventura of Knapp's Highway was arrested on burglary, larceny and weapons charges. After the second incident, she found herself in police custody Sunday on $10,000 bond.

Police Lt. Keith Broderick said Bonaventura was first arrested at about 1:35 p.m. and charged with third-degree burglary and fifth-degree larceny, after allegedly trying the door handles of several vehicles and taking items worth more than $500 from one car in the parking lot near Walgreens.

After posting $5,000 bond, Bonaventura was released from custody, but at about 7:30 p.m., an employee at Tomato & Basil Café & Pizzeria on Black Rock Turnpike noticed her allegedly sitting in the car of a fellow employee.

Bonaventura allegedly drove away from the scene, but was stopped by police a short time later. Police found items valued at $300 owned by the restaurant worker.

Bonaventura was then charged with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny. A steak knife was allegedly found underneath a car seat and the charge of carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle was added.

A preliminary court date was set for Jan. 29 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.