Two individuals—a man and a woman—were identified by the Glastonbury Police Department as suspects in a One has a Vernon connection.
Police obtained arrest warrants for Joseph DeFreitas, 41, and Marilyn Nadeau, 51, on a host of charges in relation to the Nov. 26, 2012, home invasion of a Thompson Street residence.
During the robbery an armed, masked man entered the home and tied up an elderly husband and wife. He then stole over $108,000 in cash, jewelry and watches, according to the Glastonbury Police Department. During the confrontation, the 71-year-old wife’s arm was fractured and later required surgery.
The warrant charges DeFreitas with home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, second-degree assault of an elderly person, first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, carrying a dangerous weapon and second-degree false statement.
The warrant for Nadeau’s arrest charges her with home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion, first-degree burglary, first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny and second-degree false statement.
Both DeFreitas, of New Jersey, and Nadeau, formerly of Vernon and Windsor, have been incarcerated in Morris County New Jersey on armed robbery charges since Jan. 16. They are also suspects in armed robberies in Wallingford and West Haven, police said.
Glastonbury detectives determined early in the investigation that the home invasion was not randomly targeted, and so concentrated on identifying individuals known by the victims. Detectives identified Nadeau as a former home worker for the victims. DeFreitas was Nadeau’s boyfriend, police said.
After a lengthy investigation, police developed further information that tied the pair to the Glastonbury home invasion. There is currently no timetable as to when DeFreitas and Nadeau will be returned to Connecticut to face these charges, according to police.
Glastonbury police have recovered approximately $10,000 of the stolen jewelry, which had been sold at New Jersey pawn shops.