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[Updated] West Hartford Police Investigating Rash of Overnight Burglaries

Photo credit: Ronni Newton
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West Hartford Police are asking for the public’s help in providing any information about the incidents, especially if they have any home security video footage that can be shared.

By Ronni Newton

Approximately 30 burglaries took place overnight Wednesday into Thursday, targeting vehicles and garages, West Hartford Police said.

Electronics and loose change were taken from vehicles, and bicycles were also stolen from garages, police said.

The reported incidents occurred on streets that included Farmington Avenue, Garfield Road, Sunset Terrace, Tunxis Road, Mountain Road, Ridgewood Road, Sedgwick Road, Lemay Street, and Rosedale Road.

Lt. Eric Rocheleau said that this was one of the largest sprees the police have seen. “We’ve had pretty close to it, 15 or 20, but this is at about 30,” he said, and police don’t think that all of the incidents have even been reported yet.

Rocheleau said it’s surprising that there haven’t been any leads developed yet.

“People in town are usually very good about getting us information. They usually see something,” he said, but in this case the suspects must have been very quiet, and it was shocking that so many incidents took place without anyone noticing.

Although there is not yet any evidence, police think there must have been more than one person, or several crews of people, to have targeted so many vehicles and homes in just one night.

The exact timeframe of the spree has not yet been established, but it probably began after midnight. Police started receiving calls early this morning, Rocheleau said.

Police said there was also an overnight house burglary in another part of town, on Long Lane Road, where a suspect of suspects gained access to the house through an unlocked back door while the residents were home and asleep.

In that case, a 55-inch TV and other electronics were stolen.

Police do not think the Long Lane incident is related to the other burglaries, but are not ruling it out.

Police are asking anyone with information, including home security video, to contact the Detective Division at 860-570-8870.

“It should go without saying that we recommend people lock up their homes and vehicles,” Rocheleau said.

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