Teen Burglarized Watertown Home as Residents Slept: Police

Watertown police have arrested a teen who is accused of breaking into a Greenwood Street home several times and stealing several hundred dollars in cash.

Police arrested a suspect, Nicholas Emmons, 19, this week, after the residents set up a "Deer Camera" to find out who was breaking into their home, police said.

The residents set up the camera after discovering that money was missing because they suspected someone was breaking in and wanted to catch the burglar in the act.

On Tuesday, the Watertown family contacted police and said there had been a burglary overnight. The surveillance video they gave police showed someone in a black ski mask go through a sliding glass door to a bedroom just after 4:10 a.m., police said.

He crawled on the floor at the foot of the bed while the victims slept and rifled through their pants pockets, then crawled out of the home with a small amount of money he had taken from those pockets, police said.

Police found fingerprints and sent them to the State Forensic Laboratory, which identified the suspected burglar as Emmons, someone who the victims know.

Police obtained a warrant for Emmons, who confessed to the burglary on Sept. 9 and also said he committed several burglaries at the same residence in the same manner before, according to police.
Investigators seized the mask worn during the burglary described as a black ski mask.

Emmons was charged with first-degree burglary and sixth-degree criminal attempt at larceny.

Emmons was held on a $150,000 court-set bond and was arraigned at Waterbury Superior Court on Sept. 10.

He is being represented by an attorney from the public defender’s office, according to the online court records.

Police expect to file more burglary charges.

Emmons is due in court on Sept. 25.

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