Woman Burglarized Dead Man’s Home: Police

Friday, Jan 31, 2014  |  Updated 3:37 PM EDT
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Woman Burglarized Dead Man’s Home: Police

New London Police

Danielle Sullivan is accused of burglarizing the home of a man who was killed in an industrial accident.

New London police arrested a woman yesterday who they said was caught burglarizing the home of a man killed in an industrial accident earlier in the day.

Floyd Smeeton, 59, of New London, died Thursday afternoon after an accident at the local transfer station.

Police said he fell into the trash compactor while removing refuse from his pickup at 2:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the hospital about half an hour later.

Hours later, police went to Smeeton’s home to secure the residence.

That's when police found Danielle Sullivan, 24, of Nathan Hale Road in Groton, leaving Smeeton’s home with a trash bag full of his possessions, police said. 

Police have confirmed that Sullivan was aware that Smeeton had died.

Sullivan fought as officers detained her and continued to be combative while being brought to the detention facility at police headquarters.

Police said Sullivan had a small amount of suspected PCP on her.  

She was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with a police officer, criminal attempt to commit assault on a police officer, possession of a hallucinogen and tampering with evidence.

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