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West Hartford Police Foil Attempted Theft by Known Burglar

Luis Otero. Courtesy of West Hartford Police

West Hartford Police observed a man who has a lengthy criminal history engaging in suspicious behavior Monday morning.

By Ronni Newton

A 69-year-old man with a lengthy criminal history was observed by officers on routine patrol Monday at 9:15 a.m. walking west on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford, police said, engaging in what police said was suspicious behavior at several homes.

According to police, Luis Otero, of Burnside Avenue in East Hartford, trespassed at four residential properties, “disappearing for brief periods.”

After observing this behavior, and knowing Otero’s criminal history, police approached him. Otero could not offer any “reasonable explanation” for his behavior, police said.

According to court records, over the past 10 years Otero has been arrested by Hartford and West Hartford Police multiple times and has served several sentences on charges of burglary and criminal trespass.

Otero was arrested and charged Monday with four counts of criminal attempt to commit third-degree burglary, and four counts of criminal trespass. He was held on $500 bond and due in court Tuesday.

Police checked with the residents of the four properties on which Otero trespassed, but nothing was reported stolen, they said.

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