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Man Charged with Stealing Jewelry from Neighbor

Benjamin Massey, 25, was arrested on Monday.

[Editor's note: Arrest information is supplied by the Fairfield Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.]

A Fairfield man was charged Monday with breaking into his neighbor's home and stealing jewelry in July, police said.

Benjamin Massey, 25, of Knapps Highway, was charged with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny following an investigation conducted by Fairfield police.

The victim, also a Knapps Highway resident, reported to police on July 16 that someone had broken into the home and stolen $300 worth of jewelry, according to the report. The suspect had gained entry through a torn window screen in the kitchen.

During a canvass of the neighborhood, police spoke with Massey's mother, who said she saw her son and his girlfriend standing in front of the complainant's home the day of the burglary, department spokesperson Sgt. Sue Lussier said.

Detectives knew that Massey, who had previously been arrested by Fairfield police in April, frequented pawnshops, Lussier said. They recovered the stolen jewelry at pawnshops and determined Massey had pawned jewelry on the day of the burglary (July 16) and July 25.

Based on the investigation, police determine there was probable cause to arrest Massey and applied for a warrant, which was served on Monday. He was released on a promise to appear in court on Oct. 23.

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