Man charged with breaking into Kings Highway business
Published 1:16 pm, Friday, January 13, 2012
A Bridgeport man who police said has a long criminal history faces charges for breaking into Fairfield Automatic Transmission, 2196 Kings Highway East, on Thursday night, according to police.
A neighbor called police around 9:30 p.m. to report she heard an alarm sounding at the business and saw a man leaving from the back of the store, and then head toward Grasmere Avenue. Police found a rear window to the shop broken, with blood smeared on the window.
Meanwhile, another officer found Willie Cox, 48, of Grandview Avenue in Bridgeport, walking near Grasmere Avenue, carrying a laptop computer, his arms bleeding, according to the report.
The neighbor identified Cox as the man she saw at Fairfield Automatic Transmission, and the owner of the business said the laptop was his. Police said they also discovered the windows on three vehicles parked at the business had been smashed, and the glove boxes rifled through. Detectives also matched a print on the floor of Fairfield Automatic Transmission to the boots worn by Cox.
In 2003 and 2006, Cox pleaded guilty to burglary charges, and guilty to breach of peace and criminal mischief charges in 2005. He entered a guilty plea in 2011 to charges that he escaped from custody, and most recently pleaded not guilty to a simple trespass charge on Dec. 13, 2011. The outcome of that charge is still pending.
Fairfield has charged Cox with four counts of third-degree burglary, three counts of third-degree criminal mischief, and one count each of second-degree criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools, possession of drug paraphernalia and fourth-degree larceny.
He was held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.