State to seek ‘significant jail time’ for Stamford burglary suspect, prosecutor says

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

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STAMFORD — The state will seek “significant jail time” for a city man with a history of breaking and entering businesses and cars around Fairfield County, according to the prosecutor working the case.

Joseph Allende, 26, faces 15 counts of third-degree identity theft, 15 counts of illegal use of a payment card, three counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, one count of third-degree larceny and one count of violation of probation stemming for two separate incidents over the past year.

A majority of the charges stem from a June 2020 incident where Allende allegedly entered an unlocked vehicle and stole multiple gift and credit cards, which he then used to try and make 15 purchases — two of which were declined — at the Stamford Town Center mall, a warrant for his arrest said.

Using the stolen credit cards, Allende spent a total of $2,651 to purchase new sneakers and to get a new piercing, among other things, the warrant said.

The warrant states Allende was captured on camera making the purchases with the stolen credit cards and, in one purchase, he even presented employees at the piercing shop with an ID bearing his name after paying for the service with the stolen credit card.

In a second, unrelated incident, Manning said Allende attempted to break into a Wilton surgery facility in August 2020, but was scared away after a smashed window set off an alarm.

Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Manning called the charges “very serious” in light of his record of similar behavior in the past.

Allende is currently on probation after pleading guilty to second-degree larceny and third-degree burglary for the theft of $20,000 worth of new computers from Stamford Hospital in 2019.

The 26-year-old recently pleaded guilty to criminal trespass in Bridgeport while on probation, which Manning said was another strike against him.

“The state is looking for significant jail time on him,” Manning said.

Attorney Mark Phillips, who represents Allende, said the state’s evidence against his client is “significant,” but he hopes to discuss a possible plea agreement with the state in coming months.

“The state seems to have him. I think the avenue we are looking for here is mercy. I don’t think we’re looking for justice here, we’re looking for mercy,” Phillips said.

Manning said she would convey an offer to Allende in the coming months, though she did not comment on what the offer would entail.

Third-degree identity theft and third-degree burglary are both a class D felonies, punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a $2,000 fine or both. The illegal use of payment cards each carry with it up to one year in prison as well.

Allende is scheduled to re-appear in court on Dec. 6.