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3/26/2014 2:00:00 PM
Neighbor Interrupts Alleged Bristol Burglary
Adam E. Oliveri
Adam E. Oliveri
Sylvia Hewes
Sylvia Hewes
By J.W. Oliver


A neighbor interrupted the burglary of a Bristol home in January and tipped off authorities, leading to the arrest of the alleged burglars, police say.

Sylvia Hewes, 41, of Newcastle, and Adam E. Oliveri, 35, of Augusta, face felony burglary and misdemeanor theft charges after allegedly burglarizing the residence and stealing electronics Sunday, Jan. 26.

Hewes and Oliveri, who were dating and living together in Newcastle at the time, allegedly stole a DVD player, speakers, a stereo, a television and video games from the residence, according to court documents.

Lt. Michael Murphy, of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, said the couple burglarized the residence during the day.

A female neighbor was going by when she saw the defendants carrying items out of the residence. She stopped and "asked them what they were doing," Murphy said.

"They said the house had been foreclosed on," Murphy said. "They were just moving stuff out." The neighbor noted the license plate of Hewes' car.

Detective Scott Hayden, of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, arrested Hewes and Oliveri Jan. 28. Hewes' summons refers to her as an accomplice. She appears to have been the driver, Murphy said.

Oliveri is an acquaintance of one of the alleged victims, Murphy said.

A Lincoln County grand jury indicted Hewes and Oliveri March 12 for Class B burglary and Class D theft by unauthorized taking. Oliveri also faces a charge of Class D operating after revocation.

Hewes is free on $5,000 unsecured bail. Her bail conditions prohibit contact with the alleged victims.

Hewes is due to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court for arraignment at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 1. Her court-appointed attorney, William Avantaggio, declined to comment on the case.

Oliveri is free on $500 cash bail. His bail conditions prohibit contact with Hewes, another woman, and the alleged victims.

Oliveri must also abide by the terms of a pretrial contract. The contract requires him to abide by a curfew and check in at regular intervals. It also prohibits the possession or use of alcohol, dangerous weapons, firearms or illegal drugs.

Oliveri is due to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court for arraignment at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, March 27. He declined to comment.



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