, Salem, MA

March 2, 2013

Nephew jailed over breaks to aunt’s Salem home


---- — SALEM — Vincent Cogliandro pleaded guilty last year to breaking into his own aunt’s home twice, stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

In exchange for a short jail term and probation, Cogliandro promised to pay his aunt $12,000 restitution.

But instead of repaying his aunt, Cogliandro took off to California, a probation officer said yesterday during a hearing in Salem District Court.

Now he’s going to jail for two years, after Judge Robert Brennan found that Cogliandro, 31, formerly of Tanglewood Lane in Salem, had violated numerous conditions of his probation, including leaving the state, failing to pay restitution and failing to report to his probation officer, Sean Whalen.

According to a police report, Cogliandro was arrested in November of 2011 after two burglaries at his aunt’s home in Salem.

A day after the second burglary, he was arrested by Middlesex County deputy sheriffs on a default warrant in a Woburn case. During the course of the arrest, someone noticed a gold and diamond tennis bracelet on the floor of his car, and Salem police, who had suspected him in the breaks, went to question him.

Cogliandro confessed to stealing that and other items from his aunt’s home and pawning most of it in Lynn, according to the report. Officers recovered a few items that had been left in his car, including an earring, a pendant, and a set of silver napkin holders, as well as a pearl earring in his pocket. But $12,000 worth of jewelry was gone.

Last January, he pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and larceny charges and was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail as part of a plea agreement. He did his time and was released. But his probation did not go smoothly.

Whalen told the judge that Cogliandro missed a series of drug tests and then disappeared last summer. He turned up only after he was arrested in San Diego last fall. The probation officer also told the judge that Cogliandro fought extradition back to Massachusetts, requiring officials to obtain a governor’s warrant.

Whalen recommended that the judge impose the maximum penalty available in the case, two years.

Cogliandro’s lawyer urged a shorter jail term, no more than nine months.

As for the restitution? Cogliandro won’t have to repay his aunt, because when he gets out of jail, he won’t have any more probation left that would allow officials to oversee repayment.

Whalen told the judge that Cogliandro’s aunt accepts that, and never really expected to see the money anyway.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.