36 Smash-and-Grab Home Burglaries Reported in Milford: Police - NBC Connecticut

36 Smash-and-Grab Home Burglaries Reported in Milford: Police

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    Smash and Grab Burglaries in Milford

    Homeowners in Milford are on edge after a series of smash and grab home burglaries. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018)

    Milford police continue to investigate a series of smash-and-grab style residential burglaries in the city, with three in a row reported Friday evening.

    Police confirmed the department has received seven reports of burglaries in the last nine to 10 days, and more before that.

    “Unfortunately we’re up to approximately 36. The burglaries have all been similar," said Milford Police spokesman Michael DeVito.

    Three of the crimes happened in a row on Friday.

    Investigators suspect the most recent three were all committed by the same people and believe multiple suspects are involved. The suspects access the homes by throwing a large rock or brick through a back door or window.

    The first of the three happened around 5:30 p.m. at a home on the 300-block of High Street, the second around 6:30 p.m. at a home on Baxter Lane near Foran High School, and the third at 7 p.m. in the 1000-block of Naugatuck Avenue.

    The suspects are stealing items including electronics, cash, jewelry. Two guns were also stolen in two separate incidents.

    Friday's incidents are the latest in a string of similar crimes. Police warned residents and upped patrols last month when they realized they were seeing a series of these of smash-and-grab break-ins.The first reports began coming in back in December. No one was home for any of the burglaries, police said.

    In January police released surveillance video that they think might have captured a person of interest. They’re asking for people to keep a lookout, especially for a car that may be linked to the crimes.

    “A nearby neighbor spotted a four-door oldish, grayish sedan. So kind of the vehicle we think is involved,” DeVito said.

    The home burglaries have not been limited to one section of the city, and there have been several more of them reported one town over in Stratford.

    The cases remain under investigation.

    Residents can report suspicious activity by calling the Milford Police Department at 203-878-6551.

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