BRISTOL - Two people have been charged in a home burglary in which just over $100,000 worth of property was reported stolen.
Jeffrey Pitkin, 48, and Sara Gintick, 28, of Manchester, were charged in the October burglary after police identified Pitkin using surveillance footage and found that Gintick had pawned an engagement ring worth $40,000, according to the arrest warrant.
Pitkin faces charges of first-degree larceny, third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief. Gintick has been charged with first-degree larceny. They were each charged this week.
According to the arrest warrant, the victim reported on Oct. 26 that her home had been broken into and rummaged through. About $101,000 worth of property, consisting of mostly jewelry, was reported missing.
During the investigation, police used surveillance footage from a nearby neighbor to pinpoint when the burglary had happened. The footage showed a suspect entering the home around 12:30 p.m. and leaving shortly after 1:40 p.m.
The victim viewed the footage and said she believed the suspect was Pitkin, who was known to her, the warrant said. Further, police later found that Pitkin’s girlfriend, Gintick, had sold an engagement ring that was stolen in the burglary. The ring was valued at $40,000.
According to the warrant, about $62,000 worth of the stolen items were recovered during the investigation. The rest was still missing when the warrant was signed by a judge on March 6.
Pitkin is being held on $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on April 18. Gintick is free from custody and is set to appear on March 25.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.