Police said Kyle Rossetti, 21, of 114 Meetinghouse Road, and Shawn Malcarne, 23, of 216 East Pond Meadow Road, turned themselves in late Tuesday at the Troop F barracks in Westbrook after learning police held warrants for their arrest. Police had been investigating since the alpacas were discovered dead in a pasture area of the 99 Bushy Hill Road farm on the morning of December 23.
Rossetti was arrested and charged with third degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third degree burglary, fifth degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fifth degree larceny, animal cruelty, first degree criminal trespass, and first degree criminal mischief. Malcarne was arrested and charged with third degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third degree burglary, fifth degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fifth degree larceny, conspiracy to commit animal cruelty, and conspiracy to commit first degree criminal mischief.
Both men were held overnight at the Westbrook barracks, Rossetti on a $75,000 bond and Malcarne on a $50,000 bond. After they were presented at Middlesex Superior Court Wednesday, Judge Lisa Morgan released Malcarne on a written promise to appear at a May 18 court date. Rossetti was ordered held on a $75,000 bond for a May 8 appearance at Middlesex Superior Court.
Police said the incident remains under investigation by Essex Resident State Trooper Kerry Taylor, and Detective Scott Wisner and Sgt. Joseph Quilty of the Central District Major Crimes Unit, “with the possibility of more arrests.”
The Ivoryton farm is owned by George MacLaughlin and his daughter, Sara. The MacLaughlins, who at times have had more than a dozen alpacas at the farm, had offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for killing the animals.