Suspects in 1,000 Car Burglaries Arrested

Police in Glastonbury, Bloomfield and South Windsor have arrested suspects in around 1,000 car burglaries in 35 towns. 

Police in Bloomfield, Glastonbury and South Windsor have arrested Andrew Dupree, 20, of Massachusetts, and South Windsor and Glastonbury police have arrested Eric Johnson, 32, of Springfield, Massachusetts.

When the car burglary spree started is not clear, but it has been going on at least since August, according to police. 

In the overnight hours from August 12 into August 13,  there were 17 car burglaries on Woodbridge Road, Whapley Road, Morgan Drive, Stevens Lane, Talcott Road and Sherman Road in Glastonbury, police said.

On Monday, Aug. 19, Bloomfield police arrested Dupree and a 16-year-old Holyoke, Massachusetts boy after receiving a complaint around 2 a.m. from the area of 15 Jonathan Place reporting that two suspicious men were pulling on car doors and looking through vehicles, police said.

Bloomfield police pulled over a car that Dupree and the teen were in and found items that had been stolen from a car on Linwood Drive, as well as two BB guns, a crowbar and alcohol, police said.

Dupree and the teen were arrested and charged with larceny, possession of alcohol by a minor and additional charges, police said.

The teen was also charged with criminal mischief after kicking out the rear passenger side window of the cruiser.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, police in South Windsor and Glastonbury filed charges against Dupree and said he was suspected in hundreds of car burglaries.

Glastonbury police said he admitted to using online maps to locate affluent neighborhoods and search unlocked cars several times a week.

On Monday, Nov. 4, Glastonbury police arrested Eric Johnson, 32, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and said he is suspected of working with Dupree and a teenage.

Johnson has been charged with burglary in the third degree, conspiracy to commit burglary in the third degree, larceny in the fifth degree, conspiracy to commit larceny in the fifth degree.

He was arrested on a warrant on Monday and appeared in court. 

South Windsor police also charged him and held him on $35,000.

A juvenile arrest warrant is pending in Glastonbury for the teenaged suspect, according to Glastonbury police.

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