Suspects plead guilty of burglarizing Giglio home

12/01/2010 4:18 PM |

Two people who were arrested earlier this year in connection with a February burglary at Councilwoman Jodi Giglio’s home have pleaded guilty to the crime in First District Court.

And the related court case involving Ms. Giglio’s husband, Michael Giglio — charged with menacing in June for allegedly threatening one of the burglars, a 17-year-old girl, with a bat — has been transferred from Riverhead to Southampton Town Justice Court.

Ms. Giglio has said her husband made the threat out of frustration after the pair stole more than $25,000 worth of items from the Giglio house last winter.

No one was injured during the alleged bat incident, which Ms. Giglio said took place after she had arrived home to find the suspects outside her house. She then told her husband, who was inside the house at the time, and became irate. He came outside and threatened the girl while holding a bat.

The girl, Sage Hervan of Baiting Hollow, was charged two days later, on June 11, with petit larceny and second-degree burglary. Her accomplice, 22-year-old Jason Scott of East Patchogue, was charged June 24 with second-degree burglary.
Ms. Hervan, who is a youthful offender, pleaded guilty Nov. 12 in Suffolk County First District Court in Central Islip to one count of conspiracy, according to her attorney, Susan Menu of Riverhead. She is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20.

Mr. Scott pleaded guilty to one county of burglary and is expected to be sentenced in First District Court Dec. 10.

Mr. Giglio’s case was transferred because town justices deemed it to be a conflict of interest in Riverhead Justice Court since Mr. Giglio’s wife is a Town Board member, according to court documents.

Mr. Giglio is expected to be arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. His attorney, Eileen Powers of Riverhead, did not return calls seeking comment.

During a vacation in February, the Giglios entrusted their Baiting Hollow home and pets to a young female acquaintance, according to investigators. On a morning when the girl was unable get to the home to care for the animals, she asked a relative, 18-year-old Brian Deboer, to cover for her. Mr. Deboer then asked Ms. Hervan, who lives near the Giglios, to accompany him on the chore, police said. Mr. Deboer eventually plead guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the crime.

During that first visit, the pair allegedly swiped change jars, a bottle of rum and a box of Bagel Bites, according to the Giglios’ statement to police.

A few days later, Ms. Hervan returned to the house with Mr. Scott and another male accomplice and stole an estimated $25,000 worth of jewelry, including Rolex watches, and some of the Giglio children’s toys, including a Nintendo Wii gaming console, according to police. The second accomplice was never charged, according to police.

The Giglio family reported the incident in March, though no suspects were immediately arrested as police were building their case.

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