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Surveillance Video Leads Police to Burglary Suspect in West Hartford

Stephen Feulner. Courtesy of West Hartford Police

West Hartford Police used a resident’s video footage to identify a 48-year-old man who had burglarized a residence and attempted to break into vehicles.

By Ronni Newton

A burglary suspect was identified through the use of surveillance video and later arrested by warrant, West Hartford Police said.

An iPad and charging cables were stolen from a covered porch at 50 Layton St. on June 6, Lt. Daniel Moffo said.

A surveillance camera in the neighborhood picked up video of the theft from the porch, which occurred at approximately 4 a.m., on July 6, and the video included footage of the same suspect attempting to burglarize nearby vehicles, police said.

Prior to reviewing the video, Moffo said that officers had responded to a report at 4:10 a.m. of a suspicious person in the area of Layton Street.

That individual, identified by police as Stephen Feulner, 48, of no certain address, was questioned by police.

Police had not yet learned of the nearby theft and had no reason at the time to detain Feulner, Moffo said, and he was released.

A neighbor later found the iPad and chargers on their property, and returned them to their owner.

After police reviewed surveillance video obtained through a canvas of the neighborhood, they identified Feulner as the suspect. He confessed to the burglary and theft, and was arrested by warrant on July 16, Moffo said.

Feulner was charged with first-degree burglary, criminal attempt of third-degree burglary, and fifth-degree larceny.

He remains in custody on $20,000 bond, and is due back in court on Aug. 21.

According to online court records, Feulner has previously been convicted of burglary, larceny, probation violation, possession, and breach of peace charges.

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