Police: Homeowner Came Home to Burglar in Driveway

State Police are investigating a residential burglary on Haddam Quarter Road Wednesday evening.


It appears that a Durham homeowner came face to face with a burglar who had just robbed her home.

According to State Police Sgt. Sal Calvo, a resident on Haddam Quarter Road pulled into her driveway around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and discovered an unfamiliar car.

When the homeowner asked the driver what they were doing, the driver replied that he was turning around, Calvo said.

The homeowner called 911 after realizing the home had been burglarized.

State police remained on the scene as of 7:30 p.m. and Calvo said it appears that electronics were stolen from the home.

He said the homeowner was able to provide a partial plate description. A state police K-9 unit was called to the scene to conduct a sweep of the area but was unsuccessful.

In November, a flatscreen television and an iPad were taken during a residential burglary on Haddam Quarter Road. Police have not made any arrests in the break-in.

Stay with Patch for updates on this developing story.

Joe Smith February 02, 2013 at 11:07 PM
All police depts react to crime, they don't stop crime . If you had 24/7 coverage with a dozen officers the burglary still would have occurred and the officer would have showed up after the fact. Our police officers are used as a revenue stream for both the town and state police departments. It's easier to control the people that try to abide by the laws of our state and can afford to pay fines. They will eventually arrest the individual that burglarized the house on Haddam Qtr Rd and will find out he has a prior record. The reason he's back on the street is because our court system no longer worries about people that have nothing for them to take instead of protecting its hard working citizens .The burglar should be in jail where he belongs breaking big rocks into little rocks. I respect anyone that wears a badge in this day and age . They do their job, but have no support from our judicial system
Brigid February 02, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Sean, Over twenty years ago a 9 year old boy named Jonathan Howe was killed by a car on Main Street. Several years later I teenage girl who's last name is Smith was severely injured in nearly the same spot. Fortunately she survived. These things happened many years ago, but the tragedy of Jonathan Howe's death is still a deep wound in this town. No one has been run down, as you put it, on Main Street in the past year. The fact that you would make such a callous and flippant remark about this is disgusting. Trish Dynia
Brigid February 02, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Sean, I almost forgot about the horrible tragedy that happened on Main Street about 5 years ago during Durham Fair weekend. As I recall more than one teenager was killed while walking on the side of the road. The driver was a young girl from Portland who had just gotten her license. Half of Troop F was here that day but obviously this tragedy was not something they could stop. Again, please don't make light of children dying on Main Street.
Sean February 03, 2013 at 02:00 PM
PDY, and woman was hit and killed on rt 79 on december 12 of last year,in fact, as I type there's a link on the side of the page about that accident; a pedestrian was also hit on rt 17 in january of last year and a drunk driver killed some one in december of 2011 on rt 17. This wasn't a flippant remark. in fact I'm surprised you would lash out at me for making this point. My point was to stress that the resident Trooper is spending his time well going after the speeding soccer moms. The lives of our residents should be his first priority, unlike Joey who seems to think it's a waste of time.
William Glueck February 05, 2013 at 10:31 PM
I live in Granby, CT. We have roughly the same population and same geographic footprint as Durham and we have about 20 full time police officers. You can't drive around town without bumping into them. Personally, I think it's too many. I think four or five would probably suffice because Granby is a quiet horse town that's a lot like Durham. I have to believe the number of cruisers on the road 24x7 is a definite deterrent. It's hard to not notice their presence.


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