Fairfield man sentenced to 8 years for car burglaries
Published 3:10 pm, Tuesday, September 12, 2017
NORWALK — A 29-year-old Fairfield man was sentenced Tuesday to serve 8 years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2016 string of South Norwalk car burglaries.
Norwalk Superior Court to five 2016 South Norwalk car burglaries.
Edwin Sanchez, of Biro Street, Fairfield, has been in custody since Nov. 17, 2016, when officers with the Norwalk Police Department and the United States Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested him in Bridgeport.
At state Superior Court in Norwalk Tuesday, a shackled Sanchez — dressed prison garb and watched over by his family members in attendance at court — admitted to each of the five burglaries.
The first burglary occured on Feb. 9 when a Grove Street resident reported that their vehicle had been broken into overnight. The front window had been smashed in and a car radio valued at $700 was taken. DNA that linked Sanchez to the burglary was left behind at the scene, prosecutors said.
On April 28, a resident of Lexington Avenue reported a similar incident, in which their 2003 Chevrolet had also been broken into by smashing a window and a $450 radio was stolen.
An Elizabeth Street resident reported on May 5, that the front passenger window had been broken out and a radio and DVD player valued at $700 were missing.
Another Lexington Avenue resident reported that on June 16, the window had been smashed out of their car and the center console had been pried out. One hundred dollars was stolen from a visor, police said.
Another car break-in took place on Oct. 14 on Grove Street in which blood left at the scene was linked to Sanchez.
On two of the burglaries, Sanchez was sentenced to four years in jail, suspended after two years served, and followed by five years of probation. The sentences are to be served consecutively, totaling eight years in jail.
On the remaining three burglaries, Sanchez was sentenced to five years in jail, sentence suspended, followed by five years of probation.
Sanchez was also ordered to pay restitution, to undergo substance abuse evaluation and counseling, and to have no contact with complaining witnesses.
Based on a request from Sanchez’s attorney Liz Reid of the public defender’s office, Sanchez’s sentence will be imposed on Oct. 19 in order for the man to receive medical attention.