Shelton PD: Home invasion victim was growing weed in basement
SHELTON - When William Frascatore called the police to report a home invasion, he probably wasn’t betting on them finding a pot farm in his basement.
The 36-year-old Quaker Ridge Road resident called 911 around 10:30 a.m. Friday, according to police.
Frascatore told officers “that two men entered his home through an open door and surprised him in his bedroom,” according to a statement from Det. Richard Bango. They bound him and looted his home, stealing jewelry and a cell phone before driving off in “an older silver Honda Accord with a loud muffler.”
As detectives were investigating that crime, “a marijuana grow operation was discovered in the basement of the house.” After getting a search warrant they seized plants, dried marijuana and equipment.
Police charged Frascatore with marijuana cultivation, operating a drug factory, marijuana possession over four ounces, possession with intent to sell, using drug paraphernalia and two counts of risk of injury to a minor. He posted a $10,000 bond and has a Jan. 22 court date, police said.
“Shelton detectives are still actively investigating the home invasion,” wrote Bango. “Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Shelton Police Department at (203) 924-1544.”