A local woman is in custody on an allegation she helped commit a rural Norwalk burglary.
Erica Trushel, 42, of 23 Westwood Drive, New London, is charged with complicity to burglary in connection with a Dec. 3 incident on Greenwich Milan Townline Road. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to eight years in prison.
"She was an accomplice in another house burglary," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said. "The victim doesn't know her."
Trushel's suspected co-defendant, Kevin Loyer, 36, of 4530 Gibbs Road, waived his right for the state to present evidence during a Dec. 14 preliminary hearing in Norwalk Municipal Court. He was charged with one count of burglary and now will have his case presented to a Huron County grand jury.
"He admitted to entering the house and taking the property," said Christophel, who declined to specify what items were stolen.
The victim came home and found a vehicle in his driveway. He spoke to the driver, Trushel, who left after the conversation.
"She claimed the house next door was for rent. She claimed she was getting information," Christophel said.
At 6:48 p.m. Thursday, the Westlake Police Department released Trushel to a deputy on the local complicity warrant. She was transported to the Huron County Jail without incident.
Deputies recently stopped Trushel and Loyer in a vehicle on Water Street -- where authorities said Trushel had been living in a garage at one point -- in connection with the investigation of several burglaries. The traffic stop happened about 10:50 a.m. Dec. 13 in Norwalk.
"We had received some information that these two might have been involved in some recent daytime burglaries," Detective Josh Querin said shortly afterward.
"We stopped the vehicle because both (suspects) were wanted on warrants out of Westlake for possession of drug-abuse instruments and Loyer tried to hide in the front seat by crouching down," Querin said. "These two were already out on bond for a break-in at the 777 Sweepstakes."
When interviewed after the Dec. 13 traffic stop, Loyer "admitted to a burglary on Greenwich Milan Townline Road, where a bracelet and $100 cash were allegedly stolen," Querin said. Deputies hadn't recovered the bracelet at the time.
The 777 Sweepstakes break-in, investigated by Querin and Detective Bill Duncan, happened Aug. 17. Detectives have said Loyer and Trushel stole an undisclosed amount of money from the Cleveland Road business, which they reportedly entered by using a key. It's unknown if an employee was involved.
Trushel and Loyer also are suspects in the investigation of two handguns stolen from a family acquaintance of Loyer, authorities said. The male victim estimated the .45 Colt handgun is worth $1,000 and his .22 Ruger handgun is valued at $500.
"Erica was present with (Loyer) and was an accomplice because she was present with him," Christophel said. "I don't know what their exact relationship is."
The Norwalk Police Department investigated the suspected June 30 incident.
"The officers believe the thefts are drug-related," Christophel said. "Mr. Loyer admitted to having a heroin problem."