PLAINVILLE - Two Massachusetts residents were charged Wednesday for their alleged role in helping a man accused of stealing $20,000 during a Plainville burglary.
Michael Supernaw, 36, and Christina LeClair, 38, both of Holyoke, Mass., are facing charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny and tampering with evidence. They are being held on $100,000 bond and will appear in New Britain Superior Court on Feb. 6.
Supernaw and LeClair, who police say are married, have been accused of allowing Glen Reynolds, 29, of 482 Broad St., to stash a lockbox and two safes - with a total of $21,850 inside - in their trailer in November 2016. At the time, the couple lived in the same trailer park where Reynolds resided. Reynolds has also been charged, and his case is still pending.
According to the arrest warrant, residents of an Overlook Drive home contacted police on Thanksgiving 2016 and said their home had been burglarized while they were celebrating the holiday with family members 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 the lockbox and two safes were reported missing - 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.
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 and after 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, the day after the burglary, Reynolds tells his wife he had to pay a few people off.
“I had to give Mikey and Tina money because I had to use their house to do it,” Reynolds said, later adding that he paid them $400, the warrant said.
During the investigation, police spoke to Supernaw and LeClair at a family member’s home in Massachusetts. Police said both of them appeared very nervous, as Supernaw was sweating and LeClair was trembling and avoiding eye contact. They both denied any involvement in the burglary or stashing stolen goods.
Supernaw and LeClair were arraigned Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said neither of them has ever been convicted of a crime. Their bail was set at $100,000 each, which Supernaw posted immediately after his hearing.
The cases have been transferred to New Britain Superior Court - where the most serious matters in the area are prosecuted.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.