NEW MILFORD — Local developer Thomas Pilla and his wife, Elaine, applied to enter a pretrial diversionary program Monday, under which their charges of larceny and criminal lockout could eventually be dismissed.

The couple, with their lawyer, Allen L. Williams III, briefly appeared in state Superior Court in Bantam Monday morning after being charged with lockout and second-degree larceny on Nov. 15.

“When you look at the case in its entirety, this is the most expeditious way for all parties to handle this matter,” Williams said.

The couple were charged after they locked Frank Collida, Elaine Pilla’s brother and a dispatcher in the New Milford Police Department, out of their house, court documents show.

The lockout occurred after Thomas Pilla found several loaded guns and a trove of ammunition in Collida’s room, documents said.

The Pillas told police they were concerned for the safety of young children who visit the home.

Collida had lived above the garage in the Pillas’ home for two decades.

Collida declined to comment.; 203-731-3411; @bglytton