Officers were dispatched to Brush Island Road on Feb. 24 at approximately 10 a.m. for the report of a car alarm sounding. The caller said the owners of the home where the vehicle was parked were not home and the garage door was ajar.
Officers went to the home in question and observed an individual inside the garage. The person, later identified as Lara Agatstein, 23, of Stamford, was ordered to exit the garage, to which she complied.
When asked what she was doing in the garage, Agatstein told officers she was visiting a friend. Through questioning, it was determined that Agatstein was lying and had no legitimate reason to be on the property, police said. When searched, two knives were found in her pockets which were determined to belong to the homeowner. When asked her name, Agatstein initially stated she forgot her last name and then refused to speak with any officers on scene.
It was determined that Agatstein had made entry only into the garage and that the rest of the residence was secure. Officers were able to determine that Agatstein had entered one of the vehicles located in the driveway as paperwork from the storage areas was strewn about the interior. Further, the caller indicated that this particular vehicle had been the one that had the sounding alarm, which caught his attention initially.
Agatstein was taken into custody. She was processed for third- degree burglary, third-degree burglary from a motor vehicle, interfering with an officer and sixth-degree larceny.
She was initially held on a $5,000 bond. She was later released on a written promise to appear by a State of Connecticut bail commissioner, and is due in court on March 11.