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West Hartford Police Nab Suspect in Multiple Burglaries

Sebastian Lewis. Courtesy of West Hartford Police

An 18-year-old Hartford man was arrested Dec. 15 and faces charges of carrying a dangerous weapon as well as burglary and larceny.

By Ronni Newton

What began as a response by West Hartford Police to a report of two men seen on a security camera going through a car on Linwold Drive ended up with the arrest of a Hartford man on multiple charges related to other burglary cases.

According to Capt. Michael Perruccio, a resident of 33 Linwold Dr. contacted police just before 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 15 after security cameras recorded images of two males rummaging through his car. Units that responded, Perruccio said, also discovered a vehicle at 28 Linwold Dr. that appeared to have been burglarized.

Another officer saw a man, identified as Sebastian Lewis, 18, of Evergreen Avenue in Hartford, walking on Fern Street. He appeared to match the description of one of the men seen on the security camera, Perruccio said. When police asked him what he was doing, his response was that he was “walking home to Hartford from his friend’s house down the street,” Perruccio said.

Police found Lewis in possession of a Garmin GPS device, which had a home address shown as 151 Ballard Dr., and he also had a pair of brass knuckles, Perruccio said.

While officers were speaking with Lewis, Perruccio said, another officer observed an open garage door nearby at 449 Fern St., and items thrown on top of the bushes at the end of that driveway. The resident of 449 Fern St. told officers the items did not belong to him, but later advised police that it appeared someone had moved things around in his car, and some items were missing.

Around 4 a.m. that same morning, police were dispatched to a report of two suspicious people looking in to a vehicle at 25 Arnoldale Rd., Perruccio said.

Police could not locate the suspects, and a K-9 track was negative, but Perruccio said a University of Scranton backpack was located at 55 Arnoldale Rd. that contained an Apple computer and Nike socks – items reported missing from 449 Fern St.

Lewis was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, fifth-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny, and carrying a dangerous weapon in connection with the items taken from Fern Street and Ballard Drive.

Police are continuing to investigate but it has not yet been determined if Lewis was involved with the incidents on Linwold Drive, or another incident on Arundel Drive that same night.

Lewis was initially held on combined $5,000 bond, but later released on a promise to appear. He is due back in court on Dec. 27 on both cases.

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