A woman was arrested after being accused of stealing more than $26,000 worth of jewelry from a real estate open house in Glastonbury earlier this year.
Police said Jan. 20, Sharon Lynn Nigosanti, 43, of Deep River, stole jewelry worth $26,249.92 during the open house on Hebron Avenue.
Investigators believe Nigosanti and another woman attended multiple high-end real estate open houses across the state and stole jewelry from them.
She was arrested by Glastonbury police early Monday morning.
Court documents show that the homeowner on Hebron Avenue took extra steps and hid three bracelets, two pairs of earrings, five necklaces and two rings in a bedroom closet.
Nigosanti visited two other Glastonbury homes that same day, though the owners in those cases never filed a police report.
Authorities also blame Nigosanti for more missing jewelry taken from an open house in Middletown a few months earlier and from a home in Clinton as well.
"A second arrest could be coming," said Glastonbury police Agent James Kenned. "Information shared with other police departments and that's how we obtained information to ID her first as a suspect."
Three real estate agents helped identify Nigosanti as the suspect in the thefts.
Eyewitness News talked to a local Realtor, who said you can get more than a dozen people visiting an open house, and recommended ways to prevent items from being stolen.
"I could see how easily one could kind of divert the Realtor to one area of the home while the other is free to do whatever they were doing," said Adam Clemens of Clemens and Sons Realty.
Clemens said he recommends that his clients take "anything of value" including prescription drugs out of the home being shown.
"You really want to watch out for and not have just out and about," he said.
Clemens told Eyewitness News you should also work closely with your Realtor on security measures.
In large homes, agents usually work in a team of two to give tours and said they like to keep the groups together at all times. There's also ways for them to keep an eye out even when they're not inside.
"We have electronic lock boxes," Clemens said. "You can program them to turn on at a specific time, shut off at a specific time and I can track just on my iPhone alone whose been in and when."
Unfortunately, the owner won't be getting her jewelry back. Arrest papers show Nigosanti visited a pawn shop 33 times in a six-month period.
The victim's pieces had already been melted down, police said.
Eyewitness News is On Your Side and asked the tough questions to see if pawn shop owners are doing background checks to make sure items aren't stolen.
"There are, and apparently they're kept for a short period of time," Kennedy said.
Police told Eyewitness News that pawn shop owners are documenting items being sold to them. The person selling item has their photo taken and license scanned.
Nigosanti was charged with first-degree larceny and arraigned at Manchester Superior Court on Monday. She is being held on $50,00 bond.
Her next court appearance is June 4.
Anyone with any information about the thefts is asked to call the Glastonbury Police Department at 860-633-8301.
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