Police have arrested the man accused of burglarizing Farmington homes after a tip from a would-be victim led officers to catch him in the process of breaking into a house nearby.
A resident of Terrie Road in Farmington called police around 3 p.m. on July 4 to report that a strange man had showed up on her doorstep and told her he was looking for his paint crew, which was supposedly working in the area, police said.
The resident gave police a description of the man’s vehicle, and officers headed to the neighborhood to investigate. Police said they found his car – empty – outside a home down the street on Gail Road.
Officers noticed that the back door to the house was open. Moments later, a man ran out the door and into the woods, according to police.
Police chased him on foot and took him into custody. He was identified as 58-year-old George Michael Kline, 58, of Plantsville.
Police said officers interrupted the burglary and that Kline hadn’t had a chance to steal anything.
He reportedly confessed to knocking on doors and burglarizing the homes that were empty. According to police, Kline told officers that when a homeowner came to the door, he made up a story about a paint crew and found another home to burglarize.
Kline was arrested and his bond was set at $150,000. He appeared in court today.