Police: Couple had daughter with them during house break-in

Jeffrey Pina and Christie Hoffman (Photo courtesy of New Bedford Police Department)

A New Bedford couple had its 2-year-old daughter with them when they burglarized a home, police said Thursday.

Jeffrey Pina and Christie Hoffman, both 26, were charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, larceny in a building and possession of burglarious tools.

They were arraigned Friday in District Court. Pina was released on bail. Hoffman was released on personal recognizance.

Police said a neighbor observed a Dodge Caravan pull into the driveway of a home on Durfee Street and saw Hoffman get out. The woman knocked on the front door several times, but nobody answered.

A man got out the same van and went to the back of the home and the neighbor told police he heard loud banging. According to the neighbor, the woman was acting as a lookout.

Police said the man then left the home and passed off items to the woman. They both left in the van heading east.

Officers went to the home and saw the back door had been forced open and the home burglarized. Within minutes, an officer spotted the van and ordered it to stop.

Police said the woman had jewelry hidden in her pants. Police also found a hammer in the van that was used in the house break.

Police said the couple's daughter was in the van.

The Department of Children and Families was notified and placed the girl in the custody of her grandmother.