Police charge trio with damaging vacant house


NAUGATUCK — Three borough men are facing burglary and criminal mischief charges after police say they extensively damaged a vacant house on Simsberry Road.

Christopher DaSilva, 21, of 145 Highland Ave., Joshua Tulley, 18, 87 Hickory Lane, and Mathew Lantieri, 20, 21 Mulberry St., were each charged Saturday night with burglary in the third degree and criminal mischief in the first degree after police responded to a burglary complaint at 28 Simsberry Road.

According to a press release issued by Naugatuck police spokesman Lt. Robert Harrison, a neighbor reported four men entered the house and they could hear the vacant house being damaged. Police responded to the scene at about 8:15 p.m. and found DaSilva, who is a paraprofessional at Hop Brook Elementary School, in the kitchen of the house.

Officers conducted a walkthrough of the home and found furniture was broken, graffiti on appliances, doors and walls damaged, sliding glass doors were broken and a stove and couch were thrown into the pool, according to the release. The initial estimate on the damage to the house is $50,000, the release said.

The homeowners were moving out and were not home, Harrison said.

The other two men had left the scene prior to the officers’ arrival. However, police tracked them down with the help of police canine Vane and found them walking on Mulberry Street.

All three men were given court dates of Sept. 26 to appear at Waterbury Superior Court and released on a promise to appear. As of this post, the investigation remained open and more arrests were expected, Harrison said.