Police say Cos Cob teen burglarized home

Robert Wolterstorff of Cos Cob is facing burglary and larceny charges for allegedly stealing from a home damaged by a fire.

Mr. Wolterstorff, 19, of 54 Old Stone Bridge Road was arrested May 29 and charged with third degree burglary and second degree larceny. He reportedly turned himself in on the charges which stemmed from the May 19 report of a burglary of a home on Steep Hollow Lane that had suffered damage in a fire. The burglary is thought to have taken place between the day the fire took place on May 16 and when the items were noticed missing on May 19.

 

According to Greenwich Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Kraig Gray, Mr. Wolterstorff stole a flat screen television, wristwatches, a woman’s silver bracelet and a hunting knife from the home, which had been left unoccupied after the fire. When the homeowners went back to it on May 19 to get their things, they said they found the house disturbed and that someone had “rummaged” through their personal items. Soot footprints throughout the house and leading to the outdoor deck seemed to indicate the burglar’s path.

Mr. Wolterstorff matched a description given to police of a man the homeowners said would frequently cut through their yard. Upon responding to Mr. Wolterstorff’s home, police said they smelled soot and fire and they allegedly saw the stolen television in his garage. The police then reportedly found the other stolen items in a strong box inside Mr. Wolterstorff’s bedroom.

According to an affidavit for the case, Mr. Wolterstorff claimed that he found the television near the pond close to the house and that he thought they were garbage. The affidavit said that he claimed the items in the box were his until police pointed out that the knife had the owner’s name carved into it.

Mr. Wolterstorff already had five other cases involving him pending before the Stamford Superior Court, including another burglary arrest from this past February. He was released on a $50,000 bond in this case and was due in court June 6.

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