State police are looking for new ways to tighten security after a string of car break-ins at the Waterbury Superior Courthouse.
According to police, thieves have targeted a handful of cars in a parking garage attached to the courthouse over the last month.
Shattered glass was scattered across the parking garage when NBC Connecticut arrived Thursday evening.
Robert Cayia, a friend of one of the victims, said his friend parked in the garage a few weeks ago when he came to pay a parking ticket. When he left the courthouse, the car windows were smashed.
“He lost his radio his cell phone a couple of other things,” Cayia said.
State police said the victims were both court employees and visitors.
“We have initiated criminal investigations into each and every one of those,” explained Lt. Paul Vance, adding that state police are also stepping up security.
Judicial marshals are doing extra patrols, hoping to catch whoever’s behind the break-ins. Putting up surveillance cameras could be the next step if the crimes continue.
“It’s our responsibility to ensure safety and security of people doing business at courthouse,” Vance said.
In the meantime, state police have a message for those who park here: keep valuables out of the car, and be on high alert.