Connecticut man linked to two area break-ins may be connected to others in Northampton
NORTHAMPTON — A Connecticut man denied in court Tuesday charges resulting from two area break-ins and police are investigating whether he is responsible for others.
Edwin Rivera, 38, of Hartford, pleaded not guilty to four counts of daytime felony breaking and entering, and one count each of larceny from a building, larceny over $250, and possession of a burglarious instrument (screwdriver), in Northampton District Court.
Rivera was ordered held on $500 cash bail or $5,000 surety.
Rivera was arrested Monday after police took a report that a man matching his description was running from a garage on Barrett Street after being surprised by the homeowner.
Rivera was stopped by police and identified by the homeowner as the man he had surprised in his garage.
Police questioned Rivera about whether he had any connection to other recent break-ins in the Barrett Street neighborhood.
According to police, Rivera initially denied any involvement, but eventually told investigators he had taken some items from a Terrace Lane home that were reported stolen Sept. 28.
They included jewelry, cash and electronics with a combined value of approximately $1,765, according to police.
Northampton Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz praised the work of officers in connecting the crimes and said the investigation remains open and Rivera may face more charges.