A New Haven man was arrested in connection with a series of car break-ins in Clinton last year.
Dajun Hammie, 24, was accused of breaking into several motor vehicles on Nov. 19, 2012 and Dec. 7, 2012. Police said each of those nights, Hammie stole a car from Clinton and the vehicle was later recovered in the New Haven area.
Hammie was accused of taking money, electronics, credit cards and personal items from the vehicle during the burglaries, police said.
According to police, when one of the stolen vehicles was found, there was a pre-paid cell phone left behind.
An officer was able to track the numbers called and received on the phone, which allowed him to find the owners of the numbers and eventually get the name and location of Hammie.
Following a six-month investigation, Hammie was arrested at Middletown Superior Court where he was being held on unrelated charges.
Hammie was charged with 19 counts of third-degree burglary from a motor vehicle as well as two counts of second-degree larceny theft of a motor vehicle, fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny.
Police said charges are pending against a second suspect.
"This crime would not have been solved if not for the commendable work completed by the investigating officers," said Clinton police Sgt. Joseph Flynn in a statement Wednesday.
Hammie, who is being held on $1,000 bond, is due back in court on Aug. 8.
Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.