Branford Man Charged With Murder in Disappearance of His Neighbor

Suspect alleged to have broken into his house previously

Thomas Malinka, photo from Branford Police
Thomas Malinka, photo from Branford Police

Branford Police have arrested Thomas Malinka, 44, of 33D Crouch Road, for the alleged death and mysterious disappearance of his neighbor, John Deveau, 62, of 33C Crouch Road, who was reported missing just over a year ago on Memorial Day weekend, police said in a release. 

Detective Lt. Arthur Kohloff, whose detectives led the investigation, said they worked closely with Connecticut State Police and the New Haven Office of the State’s Attorney to bring the case to an arrest.

Malinka, who is currently incarcerated for other crimes was charged with murder and arraigned in Superior Court, New Haven Tuesday morning. He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.

The New Haven Register reported in July 2013 that Malinka allegedly broke into Deveau’s house and stole his prescription drugs. Malinka has served eight years for a felony robbery conviction in New Britain where he dragged two women with his car in a purse snatching.

Branford Chief Kevin Halloran said, “This has been a very difficult case for the detectives, due to their continued perseverance they have been able to link Thomas Malinka to this crime.”


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