Monroe police have arrested two suspects in a series of residential burglaries.
The department has been investigating thefts of cash and jewelry from several homes in town in September and October.
During the weekly regional burglary squad meetings, police learned that many of the Fairfield County towns had received a similar increase in this type of crime and witnesses reported two types of vehicles being spotted in their neighborhoods.
When a Monroe officer on patrol later observed a vehicle matching the description of one of the vehicles, he spoke with the driver who claimed he was having car trouble but did not require police help, police said.
Police established surveillance and obtained a search warrant for the home and car of Conner James Buckley, 20, of Oak Avenue in Shelton.
Police recovered a large amount of jewelry, tools, gloves and small electronic items from the homes that were robbed and charged Buckley with house burglaries in Monroe.
Police said up to 14 more arrests are pending in six other Fairfield County towns and the grand total of the items stolen is around $59,000.
Police also searched the house and car of Eammon Donnelly, 30, of Castle Meadow Road in Newtown, and said they found jewelry and burglar tools inside his truck.
On Friday, Buckley was charged with two counts of burglary in the third degree and two counts of larceny in the second degree. He was held on two court-set bonds totaling $250,000.
On Tuesday, Donnelly was charged with burglary in the third degree, conspiracy to commit burglary, larceny in the first degree and conspiracy to commit larceny in the first degree. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.