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Watertown Police Arrest Suspect in Multiple Home Burglaries, Seek Second

Watertown police have arrested one suspect in multiple burglaries over the summer and are searching for a second.

Police arrested 36-year-old John Decker, of Seymour, Wednesday.

Decker is accused in multiple burglaries in July and August 2018.

Investigators allege that on Aug. 7 he forced his way into a home on Echo Lake Road and stole $3,000-worth of jewelry, a computer, a crossbow, and other items. He was charged with third-degree burglary, criminal mischief and fourth-degree larceny in that case.

He is also accused of stealing $25,000 worth of jewelry from a different home on Echo Lake Road on Aug. 14. During that burglary, thieves ripped a safe from the home and threw it out a window, but the homeowners interrupted before the safe was taken. He was charged with third-degree burglary, first-degree larceny and criminal mischief in that case.

Charges are also expected in two other incidents, police said. Investigators believe the thefts were motivated by drug use.

Police also have three arrest warrants for 35-year-old Erica Teal, who they say worked as Decker’s partner.

Teal is described as having brownish blonde hair and tattoos on her left arm and hand.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Watertown Police Department at 860-94-5200 or Crimestoppers at 860-945-9940. An anonymous cash reward is being offered.

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