Video Captures Men Trying to Enter West Hartford Home

Suspects attempt to enter a Beverly Road home. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

West Hartford Police have released a video recorded from a Nest Cam security camera that shows two suspects attempting to enter a home on Beverly Road.

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police are searching for two men who appear to be attempting to enter a residence on Beverly Road according to video captured by the homeowner’s security surveillance system. The incident occurred at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12.

“It was definitely unnerving,” said the Beverly Road resident whose Nest Cam surveillance system captured the incident. The homeowner, who did not want his name published, said he just purchased the Nest Cam about a month ago, and also has an ADT security system for his home.

The homeowner said that he had silenced his cellphone that night before he went to bed, or he would have heard the system alert him. “When there’s activity coming across the path it sends a ding,” he said. It records everything, and usually it’s just a raccoon or other animal.

The homeowner said he happened to wake up about 20 minutes after the video was recorded, and saw he had an alert and went downstairs to watch the video. He called police as soon as he saw what was recorded and regrets that his phone was on silent. “Otherwise I would have called and the police might have caught them,” he said.

“It’s scary to watch,” West Hartford Police Lt. Eric Rocheleau said.

In the beginning of the video, the men can be seen in the background in a neighbor’s yard. At the 2:30 point of the video, the suspects, who appear to be men with their faces hidden, are clearly visible trying to enter a home. They made at least two attempts to enter the residence but were unsuccessful.

The homeowner said that toward the end of the video he could hear that the suspects were trying to push the buttons to figure out the code to open the door. “If the door hadn’t been locked, they were just coming right in,” he said.

“They’re pretty brazen. Our driveway is long,” the homeowner said. He also has security lights on his garage, but those didn’t deter the men in the video. “They weren’t even moving quickly,” he said.

The homeowner said he has now added another Nest Cam to the front of his home.

Rocheleau said that police received several complaints of car burglaries in the Beverly Road area on Nov. 12, the same day that this video was captured. Only a few small items were reported stolen, he said.

On Nov. 11, police reported that burglars had entered two homes, on Brian Road and Barton Street, while residents were home and asleep. In both of those cases TVs, other electronics, and cash were taken. Both of those residences were left unlocked, police said.

Rocheleau said that while there is no proof at this point linking the Brian Road and Barton Street burglaries to the Beverly Road incident, police suspect it may be the same people.

In one of the Nov. 11 burglaries, a 65-inch flat screen TV was stolen, Rocheleau said. “That takes at least two people,” and he thinks it could be the same two people seen in the Nest Cam video.

“The two seemed very intent on getting into the house. They spent at least 30 to 40 seconds on the porch,” Rocheleau said. It’s very unusual to see an attempt like that, he said.

Detectives are continuing to investigate all incidents, but have not yet identified any suspects.

Residents are encouraged to secure their homes and vehicles, report suspicious activity, and keep exterior lights on at night.

Police are hoping that there may be other witnesses who saw the men in the video, or have information about any of the incidents. Anyone with information should contact West Hartford Police at 860-523-5203.

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