For months now, state troopers have been crossing the ts and dotting the is on arrest warrants for suspects believed to be responsible for a number of burglaries that took place in Lyme this past spring and summer. Now, the arrests that many local residents have been waiting to hear about before they could sleep a little easier at night have happened.
On November 21, Troop F in Westbrook served two felony arrest warrants at 151 Brush Hill Road in Lyme and took Karl W. Weissinger, of the same address, into custody. Weissinger, 21, is charged with burglary in the first degree, conspiracy to commit burglary in the first degree, larceny in the first degree, conspiracy to commit larceny in the first degree, criminal mischief in the second degree, and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the second degree.
The charges stem from a burglary committed on Cove Road in Lyme, on or about March 28, 2012.
The second warrant charges Weissinger with burglary in the third degree, conspiracy to commit burglary in the third degree, larceny in the first degree, consiracy to commit larceny in the first degree, criminal mischief in the third degree and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the third degree.
Those charges resulted from a burglary committed on Bill Hill Road in Lyme on April 4, 2012.
Karl Weissinger is being held on bonds totaling $150,000.
State troopers report they have recovered approximately $200,000 in stolen jewelry, antiques, sterling silverware, silver serving sets, and ancient artifacts from a jewelry store in Mystic. All the items were reported stolen.
The co-conspirator in this case is Karl's brother, Justin P. Weissinger, 25, who is currently being held in lieu of bond at Corrigan Correctional Center in Montville, after leading police on a high speed chase that resulted in his arrest earlier this summer.
On November 20, Justin Weissinger was served with an arrest warrant at GA 10 Courthouse in New London, charging him with criminal possession of a pistol, possession of weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphenalia, larceny in the 4th degree and larceny in the 6th degree.
Those charges were brought as a result of a search and seizure warrant for a barn at 151 Brush Hill Road in Lyme on July 15, 2012, during which a number of items allegedly stolen from homes in Lyme and Salem were discovered. The home is owned by former Lyme First Selectman William T. Koch, whose girlfriend is the mother of the two suspects in this case.
Justin Weissinger, whose address is listed as 151 Brush Hill Road in the police report, was also charged with larceny in the third degree. That charge was brought after state troopers reportedly learned that he sold a Rolex stolen from a home in Chester in 2009 to a jewelry store in Mystic.