Man charged in post-Sandy break-in spree
Updated 7:39 pm, Thursday, July 31, 2014
A second man, who police said took advantage of power outages in 2012 in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to break into local businesses, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday.
John Tully, 23, of Stratford was charged with six counts of third-degree burglary, eight counts of attempted third-degree burglary, three counts of fourth-degree larceny and one count of sixth-degree larceny.
Tully and a second man, Fairfield resident Robert Smith -- arrested last December in connection with the crime spree -- broke into or attempted to break into 13 different establishments, including Patriot National Bank on Black Rock Turnpike, several businesses at the Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, and businesses in Greenfield Hill, such as Bonda Restaurant, the Country Mouse and the Greenfield Hill Nursery, police said.
The pair smashed windows to enter the businesses, and took cash registers, cash and safes, according to the report.
Tully and Smith were arrested in Rye, N.Y., on Nov. 6, 2012, for a similar crime and according to the report, admitted to the burglaries in Fairfield.
A search warrant for Smith's residence on Admore Street turned up only a small amount of cash and a cell phone, police said. A cash register was recovered from a swamp off Ardmore Street, police said.
Tully, who lives on Broadbridge Avenue in Stratford, turned himself in at Police Department headquarters.
He was held on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Aug. 11 in Bridgeport Superior Court.