Vandals Trash Naugatuck Home

Police say at least three men caused $50K worth of damage in borough home.


Naugatuck police have arrested three borough men whom they say broke into an unoccupied home and trashed it over the weekend, causing some $50,000 worth of damage.

The incident happened just before 8:15 p.m. Saturday when someone called 911 to report they could hear loud noise at 28 Simsberry Road, off of Mulberry Street.

When they arrived, police found Christopher DaSilva, 21, of 145 Highland Ave., in the kitchen. And police learned that others had been in the house, so they brought a K-9 to search the area for suspects.

The dog, led by Officer Ian Kosky, quickly tracked police to Joshua Tully, 18, of 21 Mulberry St., and Matthew Lantieri, 20, of 145 Highland Ave., walking on Mulberry Street, police said.

Police said the trio caused extensive damage to the home; they broke furniture, sprayed graffiti on the doors and walls, broke a sliding glass window and threw appliances into a pool, police said. The house is a single-family, 1,300-square-foot, one-and-a-half story Cape Cod nestled in a secluded lot in a cul-de-sac, according to Naugatuck land records

Lt. Robert Harrison, Naugatuck police spokesman, said people living in the home had moved out a day or two before the incident occurred. And, he said, the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

All three were charged with third-degree burglary and criminal mischief. They were released on written promises to appear at Waterbury Superior Court on Sept. 26.

Grumpy Guy September 17, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Cant wait to hear their parents saying "but they're such good boys!" Yeah, $50k in damages- great kids those parents raised
citizen September 18, 2012 at 12:54 AM
IQ1+IQ2+IQ3 < n, where n = 99 These are not men!
barb September 18, 2012 at 01:41 AM
dont matter if there boys or men for god sake there low life punks , think there cute, what they did is un call for . what give them the right to damages anything.they need to pay for what they did. whats were they thinking when they did that.
g September 18, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Paul Singley September 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
I guess one of them, Chris DaSilva, is a paraprofessional at Hop Brook Elementary School in Naugatuck. I heard this yesterday but couldn't confirm it. The Republican-American reported it today. We'll follow up.
Anna P. September 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
A big thank you to our police department for a job well done !
Molly Woonsocket September 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I have two of those names before, probably in police reports, (Chris and Matthew), and yes calling them men was a great mistake......What happened to the "All-American Valley" that I loved so much when I moved here?
Molly Woonsocket September 18, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Should say I have seen those two names before, SORRY!!
Lynn September 19, 2012 at 01:27 AM
If the other two can't pay, make them do community service AT LEAST!!!
Mike September 27, 2012 at 01:13 PM
"Can't pay" That shouldn't be an option. Put them on a payment plan, with interest. After they get out of jail. Enough of these slaps on the wrist and "probations". Start sending a message to these "kids" & new trouble makers that this town isn't going to turn into waterbury/bridgeport/newhaven
Grumpy Guy September 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Paul, any follow-up on this? Did any other suspects get arrested? And is that guy DaSilva really a paraprofessional for the Board of Ed? If so, I hope they fired his ass. There's a GREAT example to show our kids!
Grumpy Guy September 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Unfortunately, the "slaps on the wrist" come from the courts NOT the town. Too many soft judges and I guarantee they'll have people saying "oh but they're such NICE boys". Which should only make you puke- they caused $50k in damages, I dont know ANY 'nice' kids who pull crap like that. Those kids are losers who'll never amount to anything. We'll be supporting their sorry asses in jail or on welfare forever. Turds!


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