Police: Torrington man stole father’s coin collection to buy crack

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TORRINGTON >> A city man was recently arrested and charged after he stole his father’s coin collection to buy crack cocaine, according to an affidavit from the Torrington Police Department.
Leonard Rinaldi, 53, of 268 Laurel Hill Road, first apartment, was arrested Nov. 8 on a warrant stemming from an incident on Oct. 8, according to police. Rinaldi was charged with third-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief, and held on $10,000 bond.
Police were called to investigate a broken window and possible theft at Leonard Rinaldi’s father’s home at 268 Laurel Hill Road on Oct. 11. The officer was informed by Rinaldi’s father, Dominic Rinaldi, that his collectible coins were missing from the rear bedroom of the residence.
Leonard Rinaldi denied being involved with the disappearance of the coins at the time, police said.
Dominic Rinaldi told police that the coin collection was valued at approximately $8,000, and that Leonard Rinaldi had stolen his collectible coins in the past and has attempted to sell them to different pawn shops to pay for drugs, police said.
Police later made contact with Leonard Rinaldi and, after searching him, found him to be in possession of a bag of coins. Rinaldi claimed that the coins were his, and that he received them as payment for cleaning out houses.
After examining the coins, police said, they found that many were collectible, and matched those Dominic Rinaldi reported stolen. Two envelopes with a name and address, which Dominic Rinaldi said he had received, were also found, each containing a small coin.
Surveillance video later showed Leonard Rinaldi depositing coins at a “CoinStar” machine at a local Stop & Shop, after he left a message to that effect with police.
Rinaldi later said that he, along with other individuals, stole the coins and had put them into the machine, receiving $60. He also cashed in $30 in gold coins. He told police he used the money to buy crack cocaine.
A series of coins were rejected by the machine at the store; Leonard Rinaldi shared those with another person, police reported.
Leonard Rinaldi was scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 9. His case was continued until Dec. 14, according to state judicial records . He has not yet entered a plea to either charge.

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