New Britain police arrest couple for break-ins, burglaries
By WFSB Staff
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -
A church parishioner helped New Britain police catch a couple who police have accused of at least 10 car break-ins and burglaries in the area.
The unidentified parishioner was leaving St. Mary's Ukrainian Church Sunday morning when the individual saw Julio Montalvo, 31, of 12 Washington St. carrying a GPS, which he had taken from a car that had been broken into, police said. The parishioner followed Montalvo on foot and another parishioner picked up the individual in a car.
Two parishioners called for police while chasing Montalvo to Washington Street. Upon officers arrival, they spotted Montalvo and arrested him in Central Park after a short foot chase.
"I just reacted," said one of the parishioners, who did not want to be identified. "It wasn't right for the individuals, especially at a church, to do what they were doing."
Montalvo admitted to police that he broke into four cars at LaQuinta Inn, at 65 Columbus Blvd., and stole items from the vehicles. He also admitted to a burglary at the Malecon Restaurant on Main Street on Friday and breaking into several cars at a parking garage on Washington Street, police said.
He was also charged in the overnight burglary at the Elks Club on Washington Street and car break-ins at 54 Winter St. Montalvo was also responsible for a burglary in Meriden, police said.
Police seized several stolen items from Montalvo and his girlfriend, Magaly Mass, 32, of 238 North St.
Montalvo was charged with three counts of third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief as well as two counts of possession of burglary tools and sixth-degree larceny along with one count of interfering with police and fifth-degree larceny.
May was charged with two counts of sixth-degree larceny by possession and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Both suspects have extensive criminal histories and drug-related issues, according to court documents.
New Britain police thanked the citizens for their help with the case. However, they advised residents to just observe and report, instead of acting.
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