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Connecticut Authorities Arrest Entire Family on Burglary Charges

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WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Police say a burglary at a Woodbridge home, previously thought to be the work of only a father and his two sons, also involves the matriarch of the family.

According to a release provided to CBS Connecticut by the Woodbridge Police Department, Jennifer Coons, 46, of New Milford, was arrested Oct. 20 on charges of conspiring in the burglary.

She allegedly worked with ex-husband Michael Coons and their two sons — Steven, 22, and Dillion, 19 — on planning and executing the robbery that led to their arrest. The other three men were arrested in September for their alleged involvement.

“(We found out about her involvement) through information from other area police departments … about items pawned in different locations that were stolen in the burglary,” Sgt. Frank Cappiello of the Woodbridge Police Department told CBS Connecticut.

The robbery in question took place on Aug. 12.

“During that incident a resident was at home when it was forcibly entered. The resident hid inside the home,” the release stated. “Despite the activation of a burglar alarm system, the suspects entered a bedroom and stole a purse, credit cards, and assorted jewelry.”

The family used the victim’s credit cards soon after committing the crime, allowing investigators to pinpoint their whereabouts and make the arrests using card transaction records and store surveillance tapes.

Jennifer Coons is facing charges of conspiracy to commit burglary in the second degree, and larceny in the fourth degree. Michael, Steven and Dillion Coons were all charged with burglary, larceny, credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card and conspiracy.

Jennifer Coons is presently being held on $75,000 bail.

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