Police are searching for the suspect in an attempted burglary at a landmark bar in Coventry and the incident could be connected to other restaurant/bar break-ins in the surrounding area.
Investigators said someone tried to break into the Bidwell Tavern on Main Street on Friday before 2 a.m. However, the suspect was unable to enter the tavern, police said.
"Yea he was here probably for 10 minutes," said Scott Russo, who is the owner of the Bidwell Tavern. "I think the delivery food guy pulled in and scared him away."
Russo said the only reason he reviewed the surveillance video is because he noticed the camera was turned.
On Wednesday, police released a surveillance photo of the suspect.
Police said the attempted burglary at Bidwell Tavern is similar to ones that occurred in Groton and the Lyme Tavern in East Lyme.
"It appears that the same person committed both crimes," police said in a statement Wednesday.
The suspect broke into the Lyme Tavern on Oct. 22 around 2 a.m. after ripping a screen and crawling through the narrow 16 x 16 window, according to police.
Police said working surveillance camera's are the best defense and improve their chances of catching the bar burglary suspect.
"We look for business owners to maintain their security systems to make sure their operational and recording somewhere," said East Lyme Police Sgt. Wilfred Blanchette. "And that they're functioning properly."
No injuries were reported in any of the burglaries.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Coventry Police Department at 860-742-7331. All calls will be kept anonymous.
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