Shop Owner Accused of Selling Stolen Goods



MOUNT DESERT — The owner of the Somesville Consignment Shop turned herself in to Connecticut State Police Wednesday on a warrant accusing her of selling nearly $142,000 in designer clothes and antiques that allegedly were stolen from a friend.

Dianna Brochendorff, 63, formerly of Salisbury, Conn., surrendered to police at the Salisbury Trooper’s Office. The warrant charging her with first-degree larceny was issued by a superior court in Lichfield, Conn.

The investigation into Ms. Brochendorff’s activities began in November of 2009, after Massoumeh Homayouni of Kent, Conn. filed a complaint with Connecticut State Police alleging Ms. Brochendorff had stolen nearly $197,000 in clothing and antiques from her.

Connecticut State Police, with the assistance of the Mount Desert Police Department, executed a search warrant at the consignment shop, in space she rented in the former Higgins Store in Somesville, and Ms. Brochendorff’s Northeast Harbor residence in February. Recovered during the search were about $14,400 of Ms. Homayouni’s clothes and sales receipts for her property totaling $141,800.

Ms. Brochendorff is being held on a $15,000 cash bond.

Ms. Brochendorff opened the consignment shop in July. “I had lots of things in storage in different states and I knew that consignment was on of the hottest things in retail,” she told she told the Islander in an interview shortly after the shop opened.

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