Shelton Police arrested Christopher Barretta Sr, 47, and his son Christopher Barretta Jr, 18, both of Orange for an interrupted burglary that occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
The case stems from a call the Shelton Police Department received from a Shelton homeowner who was not at home at the time but was watching his video surveillance cameras remotely. The homeowner informed the dispatcher that two men forcefully broke into his garage and then backed their truck in and closed the door. The homeowner stated he was actively watching the two men load the back of their truck with items from his garage while on the phone with the dispatcher.
Two Shelton Officers responded to the home and when they announced their presence from the driveway outside of the garage, Barretta Sr. drove his truck through the closed garage door, nearly missing an officer and his vehicle in the driveway. A short pursuit ensued and the two men were able to elude police. The truck was later discovered abandon in the back yard of a nearby house.
Following an investigation, and after executing search and seizure warrants, detectives were able to build probable cause to secure arrest warrants for both Barretta Sr. and Jr.
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Barretta Jr. was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and fourth-degree larceny. He was released on a $10,000 bond and given a court date of March 11.
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Barretta Sr. was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree larceny, first-degree reckless endangerment, and first-degree criminal mischief. He was released on a $10,000 bond and given a court date of March 16.
This investigation is still ongoing.