Monday, June 20, 2011


East Hartford, CT (SafeCITY) - January Vasquez, a 35-year-old Connecticut woman was jailed with a Grinch-worthy scowl on her face after she went to elaborate lengths to rob her own grandparents blind.

According to South Windsor police, Vasquez called her grandparents and reported to them that a relative had been involved in a horrific accident.

The call, however, was a hoax intended to get her grandparents to leave their home.

Investigators say the grandparents left for the hospital shortly after receiving Vasquez' call. That's when Vasquez' husband burglarized the house.

Detectives say about $8,000 in jewelry was stolen from the house. Some of the items were recovered at area pawn shops. Vasquez blamed her husband's drug habit for her actions.

Vasquez was booked into jail on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. She was released after posting a $25,000 bond.

The husband, identified as Merminio Vasquez was arrested on a warrant in addition to the burglary charges. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

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