Cops: Toddler in car as couple robs home

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) – Police took a city couple into custody Thursday in connection to a breaking and entering that took place with their 2-year-old daughter in the car.

According to New Bedford Police, a neighbor called officials to report a break-in at a home on the 100 block of Durfee Street. The neighbor told police that around 11:50 a.m. a woman got out of a white Dodge Caravan and knocked numerous times on the front door of the home.

Minutes later, a man exited the car and went around to the back of the home as the woman paced in the driveway, police said.

After the suspect exited the home with items, police say they both took off in the white van. Within minutes, an officer spotted the van on Mt. Pleasant Street and stopped the driver. An officer reported he had found jewelry the woman had hidden inside of her pants and hammer inside of the van.

Also in the van was the couple’s 2-year-old daughter who was placed in the custody of her grandmother.

The suspects were later identified as Jeffrey Pina, 26 and Christie Hoffman, 26, both of New Bedford. They are facing charges of breaking and entering, larceny, and possession of burglarious tools.

Both suspects were transferred to the Ash Street jail and are scheduled to be arraigned Friday in New Bedford District Court.


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