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Teen faces charges after $3K chandelier is damaged

Published 10:07 am, Thursday, February 20, 2014
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Melissa Barney, 18, of Everett Road, Easton, is facing charges after an incident at her boyfriend's Melville Avenue home.

Police said they got a call around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday from the boyfriend, who said the house had been burglarized and a $3,000 crystal chandelier broken.

During questioning, police became suspicious of the boyfriend's story and warned him about filing a false report. At that point, he told police that Barney had broken the chandelier during an argument when she threw a metal fireplace screen across the room, and that she was hiding in the attic.

According to the report, he said he made up the burglary story so that he wouldn't get in trouble with his mother.

Barney, who had been warned previously \to stay off the property, was charged with first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

She was released to her father's custody on a promise to have appeared Wednesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.