BRIDGEPORT – A Weston couple are suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of antiques, guns and household items from dozens of homes and storage units in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Easton, Westport, Redding, Wilton and Weston, police said.
Kathleen Falcone, 33, and her boyfriend, Joshua Bamman, 38, were arrested by police here earlier this week for allegedly breaking into the U-Haul Moving and Storage on Fairfield Avenue. Police said more than $60,000 in antiques was stolen from a unit there.
Police said the couple has been initially charged with third-degree burglary and criminal mischief for the break in and are each being held in lieu of $300,000 bond while the case is being investigated.
Police said the couple are also being held on larceny charges from Weston.
According to Detective Jorge Cintron, on May 17, a man complained that his storage unit at the Fairfield Avenue U-Haul had been broken into. Police said the man told them eight guns along with 100 rounds of ammunition, three Japanese swords and two hunting knives were missing along with 20 President Obama piggy banks.
A short time later, police said they got a call from about another break in at the U-Haul. They said a Georgia antiques dealer told them she had recently moved to Connecticut and had been storing her inventory in storage units there but when she checked the units the inventory was gone. She said the missing items is worth $60,000.
Police said the manager of the U-Haul told them she had reviewed the surveillance video at the U-Haul and saw the couple acting suspiciously around the units before they were broken into. The manager told police the couple had been driving a blue cargo van.
Police said the van was later found parked outside the couple’s home.