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Cops: Woman swiped jewelry at realty open houses

An Old Saybrook woman has been charged by Fairfield police in connection for a local role in what they say was part of a realty open house scam that spanned several states.

Angela Ruitto, 27, was charged on a warrant Thursday with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny after police said she and an accomplice took $50,000 worth of jewelry from a Burr Street home, which they visited during an open house, in December 2012.The arrest followed an investigation that involved police in Fairfield, Glastonbury, Southington, New Haven and Manchester, as well as New York and Massachusetts. Her accomplice is expected to be arrested shortly, police said.

According to police, Ruitto and her accomplice would go to open houses, posing as mother and daughter. At the Burr Street home, neither of the women asked many questions of the real estate agent after a tour of the house, according to the report.

One of the women told the agent that she had left her cell phone in an upstairs bedroom, and went back to retrieve it. However, when she came back downstairs, she did not have her cell phone and said she must have left it in her car, police said. The homeowner later discovered 10 pieces of jewelry missing, according to the report

The pair was also spotted at an open house on Joan Drive, and both times they were driving a white Volkswagen Jetta, police said. They used different names and phone numbers to sign in at the open house events, but were traced through receipts at shops where they pawned the jewelry, police said.

Ruitto was released on a promise to appear April 10 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

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