Investigation results in clothing theft arrest
SALISBURY â€” A former Salisbury resident was arrested in Maine on March 24, following an investigation by Salisbury Resident State Trooper Mark Lauretano into complaints that she had more than $175,000 worth of clothing and antiques that belong to a former friend, Massoumeh Homayouni.
The complaint also says that the woman, Dianna Brochendorff, did not repay a $10,000 loan to Homayouni.
Homayouni has homes in New York City and Kent, but had relied on friends to store some of her clothing and antiques.
In 2000, according to an affidavit filed at Bantam Superior Court, one friend who was storing the items had asked Homayouni to take them back.
At that point, she gave them to Brochendorff to store for her. Brochendorff told Homayouni, according to court documents, that she had plenty of room for them at her home in Salisbury.
Brochendorff is now listed as a resident of Somesville on Mount Desert in Maine but at that time she was renting a home in Lakeville at 24 Ethan Allen St., according to the affidavit.
Homayouni claims that in 2007 she began to repeatedly ask Brochendorff to return the clothes and antiques. Also at that time, in December 2007, she loaned Brochendorff $10,000.
â€œThe cash was provided to her in Dec. 7, 2007, for only a two-week period to cover an emergency need,â€ Homayouni said in her statement to the police.
Brochendorff told Homayouni she needed the money to pay Salisbury real estate agent Elyse Harney so she could â€œproceed forward in closing [a] real estate transaction.â€
The two women continued to communicate over the years. In June 2008, Brochendorff even stayed at Homayouniâ€™s home, according to Marjan Homayouni, the complainantâ€™s sister (who also has some items that were being held by Brochendorff).
It was after that visit, in 2008, that the Homayouni sisters claim they realized that their possessions were not going to be returned to them.
Brochendorffâ€™s statement has not yet been made available. She was represented by attorney William Riiska when she appeared at Bantam Superior Court on March 24. She is expected to enter her plea at Litchfield Superior Court on April 6.
Riiska would not comment on the case.
In the affidavit, Brochendorff is quoted in e-mails as saying the clothing and other items were in storage in Torrington.
Brochendorff was involved in a â€œlegal-financial hurdleâ€ and she indicated that she could not get access to any of the stored items until it was resolved.
However, in 2009 the clothes were released and delivered to Brochendorff in Maine. She claims in another e-mail that she sent Homayouniâ€™s things back to her after they were released from storage.
Several of the items that Homayouni said were missing were found during a search of Brochendorffâ€™s home in Maine. A pocketbook valued at approximately $1,350, which Homayouni said she owns, was on display at a consignment shop the Brochendorff was operatingin Maine.
The investigating trooper, Lauretano, also reported that invoices totaling more than $3,300 were found, apparently from the sale of items at the shop that Homayouni said belong to her.
Brochendorff has been charged with larceny in the first degree. She was released last week on a bond of $50,000.
In the court documents, the Mount Desert police in Maine say they â€œwere familiar with Dianna Brochendorff regarding issues of bad checks.â€
The District Court in Ellsworth, Maine, has a judgment against her from 2006 involving the Bar Harbor Trust bank. A source involved in the case told The Journal that Brochendorff overdrew her account at the bank by more than $16,000 and liquidated a $5,000 certificate of deposit twice.
Those funds have not yet been repaid to the bank, according to the source.