Shelton man charged with burglary at Southport market
FAIRFIELD — A Shelton man was arrested on a warrant Monday, charged in connection with a June 2 break-in at Southport’s Spic and Span Market.
Todd Conley, 35, of Howe Avenue, was charged with third-degree larceny, third-degree burglary, and first-degree criminal mischief. He was released after posting a $35,000 bond.
Conley is also expected to be charged with a burglary at the scale house at the town’s transfer station that same morning.
Police initially responded to an alarm at the scale house on Richard White Way around 1:30 a.m. They arrived to find a large window at the office had been broken and a cash drawer on the floor, with just a roll of nickels in it. An estimated $1,000 was missing.
Later, around 2:56 a.m., another alarm was received, that time at the market. There, police found the glass front door smashed in and 10 cartons and 80 single packs of cigarettes gone. The cigarettes were valued at $2,160.
On surveillance video, a tan Jeep Liberty could be seen parked near the market, and an anonymous tip led police to Conley. According to the police report, Conley, who worked for a local landscaper, was on probation at the time for burglary and larceny.
An officer on patrol in the area later that morning saw someone pull over to the side of the road on Center Street and pick up two blue bags. He turned the bags, that were bank bags from the Solid Waste & Recycling Department, over to the officer, who then found three more of the bags. All were empty.
Conley is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport Oct. 2.