LITCHFIELD — Two people have been arrested in connection with five residential burglaries that took place throughout September.
Corey Lake, 23, of 2 Nightingale Lane, has been charged with five counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary. His alleged accomplice, Alicia Rinaldi, 24, of 11 Oak Dr., has been charged with five counts of criminal liability for the conduct of another, five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and one count each of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Lake is accused of forcing his way into several local homes during the daylight hours throughout a three-week span in September, stealing mostly jewelry and other small, valuable items.
According to court documents, the crimes began on Sept. 2 when he allegedly burglarized a home at 4 Acorn Way owned by Patricia Shaw, followed by an attempted burglary Sept. 6 at a home at 1 Jeff Lane owned by Eugene Fontaine.
The crimes resumed several days later when Lake allegedly burglarized a home owned by Paula Picardi Sept. 13 at 41 Garden Dr., and another residence Sept. 14 owned by Wayne Auger at 19 Roberts Road.
The final two burglaries took place on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 at 1 Homestead Court, a home owned by Colleen Gamache, and at 2 Garden Dr., a home owned by Gail Huot, court records show.
According to court documents on file at the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division, Rinaldi allegedly aided Lake during the burglaries by “acting as a lookout.”
When authorities attempted to arrest Rinaldi at her residence, she is accused of yelling vulgarities at Litchfield Police Chief Joseph O’Brion, and pulling away from Sgt. Jeffrey Costa while he took her into custody.
Rinaldi, who has been unemployed for several weeks but previously worked at Ulta at the Mall of New Hampshire, was arraigned last week when Judge Paul Moore reduced her bail to $5,000 cash or surety. She posted bail, and will be back in court on Nov. 14 for a probable cause hearing.
According to court records, Rinaldi was previously arrested for simple assault and hindering apprehension for unrelated offenses.
Lake, who was employed with John Palmer Moving and Storage Inc. of Acton, Mass., also has a prior criminal record. According to court documents, he was previously arrested for possession of drugs, disorderly conduct and conduct after an accident for a separate incident.
The court set his bail at $30,000 cash, which will be reduced to personal recognizance if Lake agrees to participate in a long-term residential treatment facility. He has been ordered to have no contact with Rinaldi or the burglary victims. He waived arraignment and is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Thursday.
O’Brion said recently that his department is working with law enforcement agencies from other communities — specifically Londonderry and Manchester — to determine whether these two individuals may be connected with other crimes in those areas.
Local police are investigating at least nine residential burglaries that occurred throughout the month of September.
Prior to the two arrests, police located many of the stolen items, including gold chains, necklaces and rings, within area pawn shops, O’Brion said earlier, adding one home had about $4,000 in valuables stolen.