Painter accused of stealing over $30K in jewelry
WESTPORT — A Bridgeport man stole over $30,000 worth of jewelry from the home of a late Westport woman, police said.
On Sept. 5, a victim reported his mother recently died, leaving her home vacant. Family members visiting the home found a large amount of jewelry, valued at over $50,000 had been stolen from the home.
The victim provided investigators with photographs and drawings of some of the missing items, and detectives later recovered about $37,000 worth of stolen items from a pawn shop in Bridgeport, according to the police report.
The person who pawned the stolen items was identified as Carl Cebollero, 28, who had been painting the exteriors of units in the woman’s condominium complex at the time of the burglary, police said.
Police submitted a warrant for Cebollero’s arrest and on Nov. 29 Cebollero turned himself in at police headquarters. He was charged with third-degree burglary and first-degree larceny. While in custody, Cebollero was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Bridgeport and was additionally charged with failure to pay or plead.
Cebollero was unable to post $50,000 bond for the first pair of charges and was held in lieu of $500 bond for the later charge. He was transported to state Superior Court oin Norwalk for arraignment the following morning.
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