PLAINVILLE - A local man has been accused of stealing about $20,000 during a Plainville burglary.
Glen Reynolds, 29, of 482 Broad St., is facing charges of first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and tampering with evidence.
According to the arrest warrant, residents of an Overlook Drive home contacted police last Thanksgiving and said their home had been burglarized while they were celebrating the holiday with family in another town. One resident of the home spent the holiday with his friend, Reynolds, at the latter’s grandmother’s mobile home in Bristol.
Not long after the burglary - during which a lockbox and two safes with a total of $21,850 inside were taken - Reynolds became a suspect, as he paid a little over $5,000 in cash to bail his wife out of a Massachusetts prison and spent about $3,000 to get her car fixed, according to the warrant.
Additionally, according to the warrant, Reynolds received a phone call on Thanksgiving, before the crime, and left his friend - a resident of the burglarized house - at the Bristol mobile home, saying a family had been involved in a bad car accident. He was gone for about 45 minutes.
Upon returning, Reynolds and his friend were driven back to the Overlook Drive home, where the friend discovered it had been broken into. Someone kicked in a basement window and went straight for the lockbox and safes in the master bedroom, neglecting other valuables in the home.
During the investigation, Reynolds’ wife implicated him in the burglary, which led to authorities listening to the recorded prison conversations between the couple in the days before the crime, according to the warrant. During the conversations, the warrant said, Reynolds and his wife could be heard talking about how much money they would get during something Reynolds has been planning for a long time, but they speak in vague terms, knowing the conversations could be monitored.
During one of the conversations, on Thanksgiving 2016 hours before the burglary, Reynolds said he was nervous and the two discuss if there are any cameras “in there,” according to the warrant. Later in the day, the two speak again, at which time Reynolds tells his wife that the bank just called him and gave him a $10,000 loan.
“I got it in cash,” Reynolds said on the phone, according to the warrant. “I don’t have to go to no pawn shop. I don’t have to sell jewelry. Nothing. I got it in cash on me right now. In my pocket I have it on me.”
Reynolds, during the conversation, later goes on to say he needs to “go off the grid for a little bit,” the warrant said.
According to the warrant, police believe Reynolds paid off multiple people to either help him in the crime or to cover up what had happened. The victims were reimbursed for the damage done to their house and the cost of their lockbox and safes, but they were not compensated for the lost cash.
Reynolds was charged last week and is being held on $350,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court Dec. 5.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Justin Muszynski on Twitter@muszynskiBP.