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Resident State Trooper Cracks Statewide Burglary Case

WOODBURY – Woodbury Resident State Trooper Peter Maronde has cracked a statewide burglary case that ended with the arrest of a Waterbury man on drug and stolen weapons and Thursday.

Kevin Mattei, 28, was arrested and charged with larceny, illegal possession of a narcotic, possession of a stolen firearm, stealing a firearm, and criminal possession of a firearm, and was being held on a $100,000 bond.

The burglaries had taken places in 14 towns from April to July, and all involved forced entry during the daytime. Two of those entries took place in Woodbury.

When executing a search warrant of Mattei’s residence, police found a Smith & Wesson .38 special that was reported stolen from a Guilford residence, a Glock lock box that was reported stolen from Norwich, a Hornady .357 caliber bullet, a Hornaday .45 caliber bullet, a green-tipped rifle cartridge of unknown caliber, 18 empty bags with what was suspected to be heroin residue, a glass crack pipe with burnt residue, and one hypodermic needle.

The search warrants also revealed that text messages showed that Mattei was a co-conspirator, and that he was selling the stolen property to purchase drugs.

Mattei is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Oct. 30.

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