SHELTON, Conn. – As police investigated a home invasion in Shelton on Friday, officers ended up arresting the homeowner on drug charges when a pot-growing operation was discovered in the basement, police said.
At 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, the Shelton Police Department received a 911 call from 36-year-old William Frascatore of 43 Quaker Ridge Road stating he had been a victim of a home invasion, police said.
When Shelton patrol units and detectives responded to the scene, they talked to Frascatore, police said.
He reported that two men had entered his home through an open door and surprised him in his bedroom, police said.
The intruders tied up Frascatore while they rummaged through the house, police said. They fled the house with jewelry and a cellphone, police said.
Frascatore said he was able to look out the window while tied up and saw the men leaving in an older silver Honda Accord with a loud muffler, police said.
During the investigation a marijuana-growing operation was discovered in the basement of the house, police said.
Detectives were granted a search warrant for the residence and seized several marijuana plants, dried marijuana and growing equipment, police said.
Frascatore was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana, operating a drug factory, possession of marijuana over 4 ounces, possession with intent to sell, use of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of risk of injury of a minor.
Shelton Detectives are still investigating the home invasion. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Shelton police Department at (203)-924-1544.