Stolen Christmas presents found after burglary arrests

A trio of Stratford residents are facing felony charges after police allegedly interrupted a break-in near the center of the town late last week.

Stratford police Lt. Frank Eannotti said Wednesday that officers were called to Kovach Drive on Friday for a report of a burglary in progress. When police arrived, the three suspects ran, leaving their car running at the scene.

Police captured one suspect, 19-year-old Joshua Roman, almost immediately. Witnesses helped officers put together a description of the other two suspects who fled.

Officers found a second suspect, 33-year-old Katiria Rivera, on Huntington Road a short time later. Police said she had cash and jewelry on her, along with several items stolen from Kovach Drive.

The third person, 22-year-old Davson Rivera, was caught on Nichols Avenue. Police said he had a loaded gun and stolen jewelry on him.

After making the arrests, police searched a home at 22 Jackson Avenue and said they found jewelry, computers, stolen guns, stolen cars and even stolen Christmas presents. Eannotti said his department is working with authorities from surrounding towns to determine who the stolen property belongs to. He said police believe their discovery will help close several area burglary cases.

Davson Rivera was charged with first-degree burglary, interfering with an officer, criminal possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.  He was held on a $250,000 dollar bond.

Katiria Rivera was charged with first-degree burglary, interfering with an officer and second-degree criminal trespass. She was held on a $50,000 dollar bond.

Roman was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary. He was held on a $5,000 dollar bond.

It was not immediately clear Wednesday if Davson Rivera and Katiria Rivera are related.

Wes Duplantier