A second man was arrested Monday in connection with 500 car burglaries throughout the Greater Hartford Area.
Eric Van Allen Johnson, 32, from Springfield, MA is accused of breaking into motor vehicles in several towns including South Windsor, Glastonbury, Bloomfield and Vernon over the summer.
According to police, Johnson along with Andrew Dupree, 20, from Holyoke, MA, and a 16-year-old juvenile were using Google Maps to look for homes with big roofs or residences near golf courses. Police said Johnson and Dupree thought victims, who fit those descriptions, were in affluent neighborhoods.
Johnson and Dupree would then drive slowly through the neighborhood while they looked for unlocked cars, according to police. When the suspects found an unlocked car, police said the suspects would rifle through the vehicle and take items in plain sight including electronics, power tools and spare change.
Johnson was charged with 17 counts of third-degree burglary and third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary along with one count of fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny. Johnson's charges stem from 17 car break-ins in Glastonbury.
Dupree was arrested on Oct. 30. The 16-year-old juvenile has not been arrested at this time.
Besides locking your doors, police are advising residents to always take the following precautions:
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