A Westminster man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly broke into a neighbor's residence and stole a television.
Michael Dean Montaigne Jr., 33, of the 100 block of E. Main St., was charged with first- and fourth-degree burglary and theft of property valued between $100 and $1,500, according to electronic court records.
Montaigne posted bail, which was set at $2,500, the same day of his arrest, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of charges, a resident of East Main Street left home June 14 and returned Tuesday at 6 p.m. to find their 48-inch Samsung smart TV, valued at $238, missing from the bedroom. The point of entry appeared to be the bedroom window, from which the air conditioning unit was removed and put on the floor, according to the statement. The resident told Westminster police that they locked the deadbolt before leaving and found the deadbolt out of place when they returned, according the statement.
Police obtained the television’s serial number from the Westminster Walmart where it was purchased March 27, according to the statement. A search of the police’s pawn shop database on Tuesday showed that Montaigne sold a television matching the description for $60 to Kay Bee Jewelry and Loan in Westminster on Monday at 12:36 p.m., according to the statement. Police retrieved the television from the pawn shop Tuesday and found it matched the serial number, according to the statement.
Montaigne is “a known person” to the victim and was not given permission to enter the apartment or remove the television, according to the statement.