Police: Landscaper Cleaned Yard, and Then House

Naugatuck Police say the Wallingford man stole 50 bottles of wine, silver coins, cameras and a TV.

Mathieu Roussel. Credit: NPD
Mathieu Roussel. Credit: NPD

A 29-year-old Wallingford man was arrested Sunday on charges that he stole several items from a Naugatuck house that he was working at as a landscaper.

According to police, the man and an unidentified accomplice stole about 50 bottles of wine, silver coins, cameras and a TV. They had been hired to do landscaping at the Naugatuck residence, police said. 

The theft was reported on June 23 and the man, identified as Mathieu Roussel, of Terrace Gardens in Wallingford, was arrested Feb. 16 by warrant, charging him with third-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny.

Roussel was released after posting a $500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Feb. 26. 

chuck February 19, 2014 at 05:01 AM
Here we go with the "He didn't do it choruses." If I had a dime for every time this was said, I could solve world hunger. Three months from now, when this guy is in jail it'll be, "I was railroaded!" Come back on then, LOFT SIX, and we'll talk. As for his sentence, he should be forced to actually landscape the victim's property for life for starters. If he balks at this, or doesn't show up, jail his arse for 10 years. That might stop clowns like this in their tracks. Too bad the likely scenario will be no jail time, zero restitution, and useless probation. The creep will be back looking for new victims in no time....I challenge Patch to follow the case to it's end.
Cheryl February 19, 2014 at 06:42 AM
500.00 doesn't even cover what was taken! Why did it take so long to arrest him? Time for gun safety lessons....he's probably gone! Should have been held without bond.
citizen February 19, 2014 at 09:09 AM
I don't know this person or what happened, or if this person is guilty or not, so I will go against what has become an accepted social media practice and not verbally attack someone with my opinion. People are quick to defend their rights to own weapons, but deny someone the right to prove their innocence at a trial.
SILENT WOLF February 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Obliviously, he probably does not have much of police record , otherwise he would not have got out on a $500 release bond. They would not have charged him if they didn't have enough evidence that he did this . They just don't throw people in jail because you accused them of stealing something , unless your found with the stolen items or someone actually saw you take it .Mathieu if and if you did this , come clean accept the punishment and make restitution .Again this is a forum to give opinions not to persecute.
chuck February 19, 2014 at 07:56 PM
I didn't see where someone was denied their right to prove their innocence? Who has that power? And I missed the rule that says this forum is only for giving opinions? Sheesh....lighten up people.....its a Patch forum for God's sake, not the New York Times. And how about giving the poor people who got robbed and violated some sympathy instead of this clown?


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