Pawcatuck man, convicted in hometown burglary, facing new charges in Hopkinton incidents

Pawcatuck man, convicted in hometown burglary, facing new charges in Hopkinton incidents

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HOPKINTON — A Pawcatuck man recently convicted of burglary in the theft of electronics, jewelry and other items from neighbors in his hometown will now face charges in Rhode Island. The police said an investigation linked the man, Klay Michael Brayman, 22, of 5 William St., to a June burglary at a Main Street home in Ashaway and a second incident along Clarks Falls Road in July.

Brayman waived extradition on Sept. 7, according to Rhode Island judicial records, and was charged through the Hopkinton Police Department on two counts of breaking and entering a private dwelling. He was released on bond following arraignment in Fourth Division District Court later that day.

Hopkinton Police Chief David Palmer said the charges stem from an investigation that began on June 14 when officers were called to a burglary in progress at a home along Main Street in Ashaway. A witness gave the police a description of the burglar and a 2003 Toyota that he was seen driving following the theft.

Palmer said detectives worked with the Stonington Police Department to obtain photographs and information about Brayman and the car involved.

Using a photographic lineup, the witness “positively identified Brayman as the male he saw leaving the residence with bags of property,” Palmer said in an email.

Palmer said detectives also obtained fingerprints from a door that was broken to gain access, as well as from items in the building. The fingerprints were sent to the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory and determined to belong to Brayman.

The police said that during questioning Brayman admitted his involvement in the theft. Police also questioned him in connection with a second theft from a home on Clarks Falls Road on July 13, and Palmer said he provided a written confession to that theft as well.

Among the items stolen in the Hopkinton case were an Xbox, video games and $600 in cash. Palmer said the investigation remains active.

Brayman has not entered a plea to either charge, state records show. He is due to appear in Rhode Island Superior Court for a felony screening on Dec. 5.

The arrest is the latest in a series of charges against Brayman in 2017. Stonington police arrested him in March after detectives connected him to thefts from homes on Moss and Palmer streets in Pawcatuck on Feb. 20 and 21. According to court documents, Brayman had taken electronics, jewelry and other items, which he tried to sell through a friend at area pawnshops.

One of the items, a certified-collectible $1 bill valued at $3,000 because of its unique serial number sequence of eight 7s, played a crucial role in helping police tie Brayman to the thefts.

According to Connecticut judicial records, Brayman entered into a plea agreement that led to his conviction on one count of third-degree burglary. Other charges in the Stonington case were dropped.

Court records indicate that Brayman was sentenced to serve a three-year prison term for the conviction, but execution of the term was suspended pending successful completion of a three-year probation period. Brayman had no previous criminal record before to the 2017 incidents, according to records in both Connecticut and Rhode Island.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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