Five Charged With Burglarizing Unlocked Cars In Canton – Hartford Courant
CANTON — Four teenagers and a 20-year-old man were charged early Sunday with burglarizing unlocked cars in Canton, police said.
A homeowner in the Breezy Hill Road/Old Mill Drive area told police about 4:35 a.m. that a vehicle was driving slowly and that people were running through yards and breaking into cars. When police arrived, they found a unoccupied vehicle that was still running. The occupants had fled into nearby woods. The vehicle had been stolen from neighboring New Hartford.
About 6:20 a.m. another resident told police that three people were walking along Route 44. Police took the trio into custody. About an hour later police got another call, this time about two people walking along Route 44. Police checked them and took them into custody as well.
When police searched the stolen vehicle, they found items that had been taken from Barkhamsted, Avon, East Haddam and Canton. Canton police Capt. Lawrence Terra said police are still trying to determine where some items in the car came from.
Terra said the five were only targeting unlocked cars. “They were just grabbing at door handles,” he said. If the car was unlocked, he said they burglarized it. Terra urged residents to lock their cars, to not leave the keys in them and to not leave valuables in the open.
Michael Orozco, 20, of Hillside Avenue, Hartford, was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespass, third-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover, possession of drug paraphernalia and possessing a weapon in a motor vehicle. He was held on $10,000 bail.
Jose Mena, 18, of Westland Street, Hartford, was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree larceny. He was released without having to post bail.
Jamie Patterson, 18, of Connecticut Avenue, New Britain, was charged with interfering with police, second-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree larceny. He was released without having to post bail.
Paul Anthony Lavan, 18, of Glenn Street, New Britain, was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and released without having to post bail.
A 17-year-old male from New Britain was charged with interfering with police, second-degree trespass and sixth-degree larceny. He was released on a promise to appear in juvenile court.