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Cops probe series of break-ins, thefts

Published 2:40 pm, Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Police may have a lead in a series of car break-ins and burglaries reported in town Wednesday, with the identification of a possible suspect.

A report to police Wednesday indicated that an unlocked car at a Northwood Road home had been entered and $4 in cash and a $25 gift card were taken. A pearl-colored flip knife was also found in the yard.

A pass to Quassy Park, and an iPhone 4 with a cracked screen also were taken overnight Wednesday from an unlocked car on Brookridge Avenue, while change was taken from another unlocked car on Eastwood Road.

An Edgewood Road home was broken into Wednesday between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., with entry gained through an unlocked kitchen window, police said. Five Pandora charm bracelets, worth a total of $4,315, were reported missing.

Meanwhile, two Trek bicycles -- a black Trek 7.3 and a Trek 840 -- were taken from the unlocked garage of a Northwood Road home. The bikes are worth a total of $950.

A possible suspect emerged, however, when police received a call around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday about a man on a black Trek 7 bicycle who was looking into cars in the area of Homeland Street and Brookridge Avenue. When officers questioned the man he told them he had purchased the bike for $100 from someone in Bridgeport, and that he was on his way back to Clinton Avenue in Bridgeport.

At the time, authorities had not received the report about the stolen black Trek bike, so the man was sent on his way.

But the case remains under investigation.