Three Charged In Thefts At Fairfield Home Depot

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Three suspects were charged Monday in separate shoplifting cases at Fairfield’s Home Depot store, one dating back to March 2012, according to police reports.

The most recent case occurred Monday afternoon. Home Depot security told police that Nicholas Barbaresi, 31, of West Haven was seen leaving the store without paying for a pair of nail guns with a total value of $468, police say. He was stopped outside the store’s exit and charged with sixth-degree larceny, a misdemeanor. He was released at the scene and is due in court Feb. 7.

The other two arrests were related to incidents in 2012. Earlier this month a Bridgeport man was charged with thefts from Home Depot that occurred in November and December, according to police reports. Investigators believe the man was part of a large shoplifting ring, and he identified Nathan Legenski, 37, of Stratford as another suspect, police say.

Police applied for a warrant to search a storage unit rented by Legenski, and found 20 items that had been reported stolen from Home Depot stores, according to police reports. Legenski was arrested Monday and charged with third-degree larceny, a felony. His bond was set at $150,000, and he is due in court on Feb. 12.

Also on Monday, West Haven Police turned over a suspect in a separate shoplifting investigation involving Fairfield’s Home Depot. In March 2012 the store reported that three leaf blowers, with a total value of $1,541, were taken from an outdoor display, according to police reports. Michael Masselli, 46, of West Haven, was identified as a suspect from video surveillance footage, police say. He was charged with third-degree larceny Monday.

Masselli was also named as a suspect in shoplifting cases at the CVS Pharmacy on Black Rock Turnpike last year, police say. The store’s manager told police that large amounts of razors, electric toothbrush heads, whitening strips and other items were stolen from the store in November and December. In two incidents the  a total of $3,132 worth of items were stolen, according to the police report.

Masselli was identified as the suspect in the CVS thefts from video footage, police say. On Monday he was charged with conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, a felony. He was held on a $25,000 bond, and is due in court on all the charges on Feb. 4.

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