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Police: Man stole items from Vernon aquarium store | Vernon

VERNON — A New Haven man is facing charges for stealing more than $35,000 worth of equipment from a local aquarium store and $400 from the cash register.

The man, Rafael Serrano, 34, was charged this month with first-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree trespassing, third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit each of these crimes.

Serrano is free on $50,000 bail and is due in Vernon Superior Court on April 21.

The affidavit in support of Serrano’s arrest provides the following details:

On the morning of November 29, 2021, police were called to Wet Pets, an aquarium store on Hartford Turnpike.

The store’s front door had been forced open, as had an electric access door near the back entrance.

The store owner told police that more than $35,000 worth of merchandise and $400 from the ledger was stolen.

Through a request to Google, police received information about all mobile devices that were within Wet Pets boundaries at the time of the break-in. One of the phone numbers identified belonged to Serrano.

In February, the owner of Wet Pets called police to report that a customer had seen aquarium equipment on OfferUp, an online marketplace. Some of the items for sale were the same models as the items stolen from the store.

When police tracked down the number of the person selling the items, it belonged to Serrano.