Fired Norwich police officer charged in Stonington burglary

Stonington — Police arrested two people early Monday morning, including a fired Norwich police officer, after they allegedly smashed a large plate glass window at a borough antique shop and stole jewelry.

Police received a 911 call about 2 a.m. from a resident who lives near Yost Estate Jewelry and Stonington Antiques Etc at 148 Water St. and reported hearing the sound of breaking glass. Another caller gave police a description of a car that was leaving the store.

The description was given to officers responding to the borough. One of them, Brian Discordia, was on Deans Mill Road when he spotted a car matching the description of the suspects’ car heading towards him. He pulled the car over and discovered the stolen jewelry, according to police Captain Todd Olson who commended officers for their response to the burglary and identifying the fleeing car.

Police charged the former officer, Jamie D. Longolucco, 41, of 223B High St., Westerly, and Meredith Soulia, 34, of 11 Edgewood Road, Groton, with second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree larceny and third-degree burglary. Longolucco, who was also charged with driving with a suspended license, was fired by Norwich police in 2007, after he was arrested three times in three different southeastern Connecticut towns and was convicted on third-degree assault and two counts of breach of peace stemming from an off-duty altercation with two women in New London. Longolucco avoided prison as his 18-month sentence was suspended and he was placed on 18 months probation.

The state did not prosecute two other cases - an allegation that he threatened to kill Norwich Police Chief Louis Fusaro and for smashing a store window in downtown Mystic in the summer of 2005 and stealing three fake Faberge eggs. Longolucco has since been charged with driving under the influence by Waterford police in January. That case has been sealed in New London Superior Court.

Both Longolucco and Soulia were released on bond and are slated to appear in New London Superior Court June 29.

On Monday, store owner Carolyn Yost was picking up shards of glass and had put up a plastic sheet over the broken window.

Yost said replacing the six-foot by 10-foot, quarter-inch thick pane of glass that is 100 years old would cost several thousand dollars.

After processing the stolen jewelry, police returned the pieces to Yost.

The burglary is similar to a December, 2014 incident in which a witness told police that a woman got out of car on Water Street just past 4 a.m., smashed a large window at the Water Street Barber Shop and stole two boat models valued at $400 each. Olson said police are continuing to investigate Wednesday’s burglary as well as any connection it has to the barber shop burglary.

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