An abandoned identification card helped lead to a pair of burglary suspects Wednesday afternoon.
The scenario began unfolding at 2:48 p.m., when a resident reported seeing a suspicious person on Howard Street. The resident then found a discarded backpack in the roadway on the corner of Howard and Pierce streets, Lt. William Zaczynski said.
When the witness picked up the backpack, she found a Connecticut Department of Corrections inmate picture ID card of Damon Pisarski, which matched the person she saw. She then reported seeing a man carrying a large duffel bag out of a home on Pierce Street, and watched him get into a waiting blue van, Zaczynski said.
Police arrived at the Pierce Street house, which is for sale and unoccupied, and found the rear window had been broken and several lengths of copper pipe missing, Zaczynski said.
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Detectives recognized the van as being similar to one owned by Lawrence Pace, who is a suspect in similar house burglaries along with Pisarski. Police set up surveillance at Pace's home at 63 Raffia Road, Zaczynski said.
When the van arrived at the Raffia Road house shortly after 5:15 p.m., Pisarski got out and dropped the duffel bag, from which a syringe fell out. He told police he had done 10 bags of heroin in the previous hour, Zaczynski said.
The duffel bag contained metal cutting tools, flashlights and black tape. Pace told police he had helped Pisarski break in, then drove to South Windsor, where they sold the metal at G&S Scrap, then continued to Hartford to buy heroin, Zaczynski said.
Both suspects had empty heroin bags in their possession when they were arrested, the lieutenant said.
Each man was charged with third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, possession of burglar tools, possession of narcotics and use of drug paraphernalia.
They were each held on bonds totaling $35,000, and were arraigned Thursday in Enfield Superior Court.