NEW CANAAN — New Canaan police have charged a Newtown man with first-degree larceny in connection with his alleged theft of a diamond worth $40,000 while he was doing carpet work in a home on Weed Street.
Police spokeswoman Sergeant Carol Ogrinc said this week that police charged Mario J. Pizighelli, 50, of 29 Botsford Hill Road on a warrant on June 10 at the police station in connection with an incident that occurred on May 5.
Pizighelli posted $75,000 bail and was released from custody. He has not pleaded to the charge in Norwalk Superior Court. Pizigehlli is next scheduled to appear in court on July 17.
Sgt Ogrinc said that police received a complaint on May 5 reporting that a diamond was missing from a Weed Street residence.
The woman who lives there regularly took off her finger rings before going to bed at night and had left them on a bathroom sink on the night of May 4, Sgt Ogrinc said. The woman’s engagement ring held a 2.15-carat cut diamond in a setting.
Pizighelli, who was working for Stark Carpet of Norwalk, arrived at the home about 8 am on May 5 to do carpet work in a room adjacent to the bathroom and remained in the home until about 8:40 am, Sgt Ogrinc said.
The woman later discovered that the diamond was missing from her engagement ring, the sergeant said. The woman had a jeweler inspect the ring, which no longer held the gem, and the jeweler determined that the diamond had been forcibly removed from the ring, Sgt Ogrinc said.
Following an investigation, police detectives obtained a court arrest warrant against Pizighelli, the sergeant said.
The missing diamond has not been recovered, Sgt Ogrinc said. First-degree larceny is a felony. The case remains under investigation.