Suspect in Hamden Dunkin' Donuts Burglary Found Hiding Under Deck

A man accused of breaking into a drive-thru window of a Dunkin’ Donuts in Hamden and stealing two cash register drawers was arrested after police found him hiding under a deck. 

Police responded to Dunkin Donuts at 938 Dixwell Ave. around 1:30 a.m. to investigate a burglary and determined that the burglar forced the drive-thru window open and took two cash register drawers, police said. 

A concerned citizen provided police with a description of a vehicle that sped away from the area and Sergeant Eric Goclowski located the vehicle, which had been stolen earlier out of Seymour, on Whitney Avenue and stopped it. 

As Goclowski approached the driver, 41-year-old Hector Otero, of New Haven, fled and hit a parked vehicle on Exchange Street in New Haven, police said. 

After a foot chase, Goclowski located Otero, who was hiding underneath a backyard deck, police said. 

When police searched the stolen vehicle, they found two stolen cash register drawers. 

Otero was charged with burglary in the third degree, larceny in the third degree, possession of burglar tools, interfering with a police officer, reckless driving, engaging an officer in a pursuit, evading responsibility and operating without a license. 

He was held on a $5,000 bond.

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