Teen, Children Home When Burglar Breaks In

Friday, Aug 9, 2013  |  Updated 7:23 PM EDT
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Teen, Children Home When Burglar Breaks In

Norwich Police

Kenneth W. Donahue is accused of several home break-ins in Norwich.

Police have arrested a Norwich man accused of forcing his way into two home this morning, including one occupied by a teenager and three young children. 

Police responded to Greene Avenue at 11:27 a.m. after a burglar broke into an occupied home and the homeowner scared him away, police said.

Moments later, police received a report of a separate burglary at an occupied residence on Fountain Street in Norwich. 

Someone had forced his way into a residence that was occupied by three young children and a teenager, police said.

The teen woke up to the sound of dogs barking and found the intruder standing at her bedroom door, police said. 

The man again ran off and went through neighboring yards, police said.

Officers captured a suspect, Kenneth Donahue, 23, of Norwich, on Cedar Street.

According to police, he is a suspect in other recent daytime burglaries in the area and was had several items that were reported stolen from the earlier burglaries in his possession.

Donahue was charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree criminal attempt at larceny, three counts of risk of injury to a minor,  two counts of disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree failure to appear.

Police also discovered that Donahue was wanted for failing to appear in court on a prior motor vehicle charge.

Donahue was held on a total of $77,500 cash or surety bonds and scheduled to be presented in court at G.A. 21 on August 12.

Police continue to investigate recent home burglaries in the Norwich area and said further arrests are anticipated.

Norwich police remind residents to lock their windows and doors and ensure that their air conditioner units are securely fastened to decrease the likelihood of an intruder.

Anyone with information regarding any burglaries or other criminal activity in the City of Norwich is encouraged to call the Norwich Police Department, at (860)886-5561, the anonymous tip line at (860)886-5561, extension 500 or e-mail crimetips@cityofnorwich.org.

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