Daytime Burglaries Continue in Higganum and Haddam

Police are asking residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious vehicles or activity taking place in their neighborhoods immediately.


Residents in the Higganum and Haddam area continue to be targeted by thieves, who are taking advantage of homeowners while they are away during the daytime hours.

Police are reporting two more residential burglaries that took place on Monday, Jan. 14.

A burglary that took place at a home on Grapevine Road in Higganum resulted in the theft of a 27-inch Sony flat-screen TV and jewelry. One particular piece of jewelry has been described as a woman's 18-karat gold bracelet, with  a unique stamp on the clasp that notes 18k gold in German.

Entry into the building was made through an unlocked side door. A possible witness to the incident, who initially hadn't called police at the time, described a white male suspect wearing black clothing and carrying a white sack.

At about 2:30 p.m., the suspect was observed walking away from the victim's home, then being picked up by someone driving a small, tan older model pick-up truck, possibly a Chevy S-10 model.

A second burglary on the same day, that occurred on Walkley Hill Road in Haddam resulted in the theft of more jewelry and a black Lenovo laptop computer. Entry had been forced through the back door of the home.

Anyone with information that could help police solve either of these cases is encouraged to contact the Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-345-2769, or the Connecticut State Police, Troop F in Westbrook at 1-800-256-5761.

Information provided by TFC Enrico Milardo of the Haddam Resident Troopers' Office.

Matt January 21, 2013 at 12:16 PM
This is the same tan S-10 that has been used for dozens of these burglaries. Come on state troopers, start snooping around and find these guys!
Michele Ouellette January 21, 2013 at 02:21 PM
I have faith that our troopers are doing everything they can to catch these guys. With a little help from attentive neighbors and community members we can work together to catch them. Keep up the great work CSP! Your work is appreciated.
Kelly January 21, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Would love somebody who they try to rob and be home pointing a shot gun or a rifle at them when they gain accesses to their private residence ! Come in mother #%^^^< and have a seat while we get aqainted ! Protect yourself don't rely on the officers this has been going on for way to long! But the robbers haven't been caught yet in the stake out at the donut shops ! Be vigilant protect yourselves ! We have been practicing target shooting to!
Kelly January 21, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Protect yourself!
Kelly Loomis January 21, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I want to know why the dozens of break ins in East Haddam & Moodus are barely ever mentioned. It's the same protocol being used & vehicle. How are people supposed to be aware if they are uniformed?? Maybe these losers will be caught if everyone in the community is on the same page?! Just a hunch.
Angela January 21, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Lol Kelly - I'm away all day and I have a loaded 130 lb rottie in my house - good luck wet bandits lol ... And I live 5 min from walkley hill and I haven't seen a single red and blue topped car since this began weeks ago patrolling anywhere... hmmm....
Observor January 21, 2013 at 06:36 PM
"It's the same protocol being used & vehicle." What is the protocol?
Chris Walsh January 21, 2013 at 07:15 PM
I have a tremendous respect for police and others who serve but they are called RESPONDERS for a reason. They can only RESPOND after a crime has been committed. Yes, you do need to protect yourself, your home and loved ones but even attempting to do this, in our present culture, can get you identified as a fringe whacko, arrested, have your life destroyed if God forbid, you DO have to act. I own several firearms and other weapons, all legally obtained, and my wife and I are both trained and proficient in their handling and use. I fear the day I may have to use one in defense of my life because I know that my life will never be the same. Arrest, civil and criminal lawsuits, not to mention the heavy guilt. There seems to be a real dearth of investigative acumen and active involvement on the part of Troops F and K in trying to solve this rash of crimes. We have all chosen to live in these towns so that we may perhaps live in peace and mind our own business. Lord knows the amount of property tax we pay should get us even minimal law enforcement presence. The quicker these criminals are apprehended and prosecuted, the less the chance that one of them will ultimately be staring down the business end of a gun. OR we end up with a situation that goes horribly wrong and we have another Petit Family/Cheshire nightmare on our hands.
Ed Gubbins January 21, 2013 at 08:50 PM
There was another break-in on Smith Road in East Haddam on Saturday afternoon. The resident was gone for a couple of hours, and some scumbag broke in and stole a bunch of property. This is getting ridiculous... The cops can't do it all by themselves... neighbors need to be watching out for each other... call in suspicious activity... take notice when things just don't seem right.. We are all in this together to stop these punks... anyone that steals from another person doesn't deserve to be in society.,.. the DOC had a nice place for them...
TKM January 21, 2013 at 08:51 PM
There are many things going on behind the scenes with these investigations . Obviously the police won't share that with us, rightfully so. If you know little to nothing, please use caution with un informed comments.
Observor January 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM
My observation has been that these break-ins are highly targeted. They know what they're going in to get and they have cased the house to figure out when nobody will be around.
Semi Happy Resident January 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Chris, If you need to use one of your guns at some point try not to feel too much guilt, if any, because if they didn't break in and put you in a position of save your family or die you would never have used your gun in the first place. They caused the outcome not you. As for the one person that was broken into and left their door unlocked, are you kidding me? These robberies have been going on for a while now and to leave a door or window unloocked is inviting a break in. Even the person that saw a white male in all black with a bag should have called right away so the police could have checked it out. We each need to help stop this as well as protect each other because the person that doesn't want to be involved may be the next break in. These crooks have obviously kept up on the reports about them because the tan truck is dropping their partner in crime off to do the deed and come back to pick them up after they are through robbing the place. Hopefully the police are stopping all tan trucks they see regardless of whatever signage may be on it (it can be magnetic and easily removeable for disguise) and check out whatever they can see in plain sight for possible stolen items.
Ex Republican January 21, 2013 at 10:51 PM
"I know NOTHING" Sgt Schultz Hogan's Heros
Barbi Batchelder January 22, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Police in the surrounding towns of Durham, Middlefield, Middletown and Cromwell have experienced multiple burglary reports as well, involving a suspect vehicle of the same description as mentioned in the above article. I just received some encouraging news from TFC Milardo, who told me that some suspects have been identified, and the Haddam Resident Troopers' Office is currently following up on leads, in conjunction with the other local police departments. There will also be a special "Crime Watch & Safety Meeting" tomorrow night, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Nathan Hale-Ray High School in East Haddam tomorrow night: http://thehaddams-killingworth.patch.com/events/crime-watch-safety-meeting-east-haddam
Kelly Loomis January 22, 2013 at 01:45 PM
That is excellent news, Barbi! And, "Observer", nice observation. What I meant to say was , they are generally doing these break ins when people are at work (or somewhere for an extended period of time), homes with long drive ways and locations that are not high traffic areas. Whatever, my improper use of a word was, the fact of the matter is that these people need to be caught. They've been getting away with dozens of thefts and it's not fair that hardworking people can't go to work/leave their home without the fear of being looted!
Keep the river front for all of us January 22, 2013 at 08:23 PM
I PRAY that you are CORRECT..............this has gone on too long. At least East Haddam is having a town meeting tonight to discuss their similar problem........I think I will go to THEIR meeting for some hints.
Observor January 22, 2013 at 09:19 PM
There are several drug-addicted East Haddam burglars now in prison and they have been replaced by a new group of drug addicts. When they are sent up yet another group will form. We've got to eliminate the drugs if we want to eliminate the robberies.


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