Thursday, July 11, 2013

Prescription pills stolen from home of missing Branford man

By Evan Lips
Register Staff

BRANFORD >> Weeks after Crouch Road resident John Deveau, 61, was declared missing, court records show police arrested a man who lives next door after he allegedly broke into Deveau’s house and stole his prescription painkillers.
But police say the man they arrested in the theft of the painkillers, Thomas Chester Malinka, 43, who resides in a small house at 33 Crouch Road, Unit D, is not considered a suspect in Deveau’s disappearance.
Malinka was arrested June 10 and charged with burglary, larceny, possession of narcotics and use and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $500,000.
Adding to the mystery, Deveau went missing in the spring after he reported being the victim of an ATM larceny.

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