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Orange man on house arrest after being taken into custody for 8th time in 2 years

A man from Orange is now under house arrest after he was taken into custody Thursday while he has seven other cases pending.

News 12 Staff

Jul 30, 2021, 9:47 PM

Updated 1,059 days ago

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A man from Orange is now under house arrest after he was taken into custody Thursday while he has seven other cases pending.
Christopher Barretta, 47, has no criminal convictions - but with this arraignment, now has eight cases against him.
In the newest one, Barretta is charged with burglary and possession of burglar tools after incidents on Alling Farm Road and Summitt Drive, near where he lives in Orange.
Court documents show Barretta was on GPS monitoring for a prior arrest, and that partly led to the new allegations.
"It was identified that Mr. Barretta, as detailed in this particular warrant, had been prowling in a yard across the street and then ultimately evidence was developed that, in fact, Mr. Barretta is allegedly responsible for cutting the padlock off a shed," says Assistant State's Attorney Matthew Kalthoff.
It's not the first break-in accusation that he has faced. Barretta's arrests started in April 2020 and continued through Thursday, with three in May 2020.
Prior charges include criminal mischief, larceny and burglary - but that's not all.
"As the court is aware, Mr. Barretta was arraigned just last month on a witness intimidation charge out of Orange," Kalthoff says.
Police say in that incident, Barretta shot at a home on Old Tavern Road from his car. No one was hurt but bullets hit the house and multiple cars in the driveway.
The home's owner is the victim of a theft in which Barretta is accused.
With each arrest, Barretta bonded out, but has allegedly continued to break the law.
"The state continues to be troubled and perplexed by Mr. Barretta's behavior," Kalthoff says.
But along with GPS monitoring, Barretta has a new bond condition this time - house arrest.
The judge is allowing him to leave for specific appointments including with doctors, his attorney and the court.


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