Jailed Conn. man accused of house break-in

By TERRY CORCORAN
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: July 18, 2002)

A Connecticut man being held on robbery charges in the Putnam County jail was charged this week by Kent police with second-degree burglary, a felony, accused of breaking into a house in June.

Robert DeLima, 34, formerly of Danbury, was charged on a warrant Tuesday at the jail in Carmel. Police said DeLima broke into a house on Dixon Road about 10:20 a.m on June 14.

A retired Kent police officer who lives on Dixon Road, Andrew Kinash, saw a man who fit DeLima's description entering his neighbor's house that morning and called police. Before uniformed officers could respond, Kinash went to the house and saw the man near the front door. The man saw Kinash and took off in a black vehicle, police said.

Kent and Carmel police and Putnam sheriff's deputies responded and searched the area for the burglar, who had kicked in the rear door of the house.

Working with what Kent police Chief Donald L. Smith described as "solid leads" from Kinash, Detective Gerald Locascio was able to identify DeLima as the suspect. Danbury police, the Connecticut Probation Department and its Parole Department also assisted in the investigation, Smith said. Connecticut parole officers even joined Kent police in late June in an unsuccessful search for DeLima.

On the night of July 2, police said DeLima used a knife to hold up a gas station on Route 22 in Southeast. State police, sheriff's deputies and Metropolitan Transportation Authority police swarmed the area around the Shell station within minutes of the 6:30 p.m. robbery. About an hour later, Deputy Paul Bien found DeLima hiding behind a stack of wood at the Dill's Best store on Route 22, less than a mile from the gas station.

State police then charged DeLima with first-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies. Police said DeLima also admitted to robbing the Getty station on Route 6 in Brewster on June 24, getting away with $2,149. Sheriff's investigators charged him with first-degree robbery and third-degree weapons possession in the June 24 robbery.



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