Preston T. Harris-Cook, 18, New London, was charged with felony theft.
On March 30, New London Police Sgt. Casey Fields responded to an apartment on Partridge Drive where a woman reported the theft of $4,000 in cash.
The woman told Fields that she always kept her apartment locked and had never given a spare key to anyone.
Fields examined the entrance to the apartment and found a cut in the screen door and that the lock had been damaged.
She said she suspected Harris-Cook because his mother, who is her sister, had recently kicked him out of the house for stealing. The woman had allowed Harris-Cook to spend two nights at her apartment because he had no place to live. On March 28, Harris-Cook allegedly called the woman on her cellphone and asked whether she was at home or at work. she thought it was “weird” at the time, then noticed her money was missing two days later.
New London police later went to another home where Harris-Cook had stayed overnight. There they found several new items, including a Sony Play Station, a cellphone and Nike shoes.
Investigators also learned that Harris-Cook had recently opened two accounts, totaling $2,300, at Fox Communities Credit Union. Authorities froze the account.
Harris-Cook faces up to three years in prison if convicted of felony theft.