Naugatuck Police Solve Several Thefts

Police serve warrants for suspects, some of whom stole thousands of dollars worth of goods.


A man and woman were arrested this week for stealing a washer and dryer from a Naugatuck home in June, police say.

James Eldrige, 35, of last known address 515 North Main St., was held by the Torrington Police Department and charged for the Naugatuck crimes on Monday. Police say he took the appliances from 515 North Main St. here and brought them to a metal scrap yard for money.

He was charged with fifth-degree larceny while his accomplice, Tonya Bissonette, 35, of 85 Ledgeside Ave., Waterbury, was charged with conspiracy at fifth-degree larceny.

Eldrige was also charged with breach of peace for punching someone in the face on May 28 at 59 Thunderbird Drive, police said. The victim sustained a bloody nose, police said.

And, finally, Eldrige was charged with evading responsibility and several motor vehicle charges for striking a mailbox and stone wall on Wooster Street and leaving the scene in June, police said.


A 19-year-old local man was arrested for stealing several items from a car in September, including a laptop computer, an iPad, a GPS unit and a Leatherman tool. All told, the value of the items totaled more than $2,100, police said.

Louis Lewis, of 200 North Hoadley St., Naugatuck, was arrested for the theft by warrant and charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and conspiracy at both.

He was released on a $1,000 non-surety bond and will be arraigned Nov. 28 at Waterbury Superior Court.


A 30-year-old Waterbury man was charged with stealing a necklace and five rings valued at $1,050 from an acquaintance in July, police said.

Shane Preteska, a Naugatuck native who now lives at 19 Dallas Terrace, Waterbury, was charged with fifth-degree larceny.


Erica Troiani, 18, of 57 Morris Road, Prospect, was charged with sixth-degree larceny after stealing $224 worth of merchandise from Walmart in Naugatuck, police said.

Note: The above arrests were filed by the Naugatuck Police Department. Those arrested are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. 

Carolyn M. Capozziello November 21, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Nice Job guys!
naugatuck watcher November 22, 2012 at 07:23 AM
Louis lewis is known for stealing in naugatuck he will never learn till he is in jail and don't get out till he learn because he is always in the paper and who ever gets him out need not to and need to let him learn by staying in there


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