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Pair Arrested In Pizzeria Burglary Incident

Published: April 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

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On Monday, April 23, a Brookfield woman and a New Fairfield man pleaded not guilty at their court arraignments on multiple criminal charges against them in connection with a burglary late the night before at Carminuccio's Pizza, a restaurant at 76 South Main Street (Route 25).

Police report that while on patrol at about 11:37 pm on Sunday, April 22, they spotted a motor vehicle violation occur, so they stopped the offending motorist near the intersection of South Main Street and Elm Drive, which is near Carminuccio's.

While making that vehicular stop, police said they noticed that the glass front door at Carminuccio's had been smashed, in an apparent burglary.

Police said the stopped vehicle contained driver Stefanie Lee Blackman, 37, of Brookfield, and passenger Stephen Rubino, 37, of New Fairfield. Through their investigation, police linked the pair to the burglary at the nearby business.

According to court information, both Blackman and Rubino are charged with third-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, second-degree criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, police lodged several motor vehicle charges against Blackman - failure to obey a stop sign, driving an unregistered vehicle, failure to illuminate headlamps, and driving without a license.

Police held Blackman in the police lockup on $10,000 bail for her arraignment April 23 in Connecticut Superior Court in Danbury. According to court information, a judge released Blackman from custody on a written promise to appear in court on May 22 for pre-trial activity.

Police said that at the time of his arrest, Rubino was on parole for prior convictions. Thus, police held Rubino without bail before his arraignment. In court, a judge placed Rubino's bail at $25,000. Rubino was being held on April 24 at the Bridgeport Correctional Center. Rubino is scheduled to return to court on May 2. In September 2015, Rubino was sentenced to six years in prison for felony convictions on illegal drug sales.

Police Officer Paula Wickman investigated the burglary incident.

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