A 42-year-old man was arrested in connection with two home break-ins and a motor vehicle crash.
Robert Crotty, of Waterbury, is accused of burglarizing a home on Woodruff Street on Friday. The homeowner was alerted to Crotty's presence after they heard a noise and found him in the garage. He fled the home, police said.
Officers spotted Crotty in the area of Berlin Avenue and Main Street. However, police said Crotty did not stop for officers.
Crotty drove “at or below the speed limit,” before police said he stopped in a driveway on Bristol Street.
Investigators determined that Crotty was involved in another burglary on Dogwood Lane. Police said Crotty also crashed into a mailbox on Woodruff Street before fleeing the scene.
Police said homeowners at each burglary complained about damage to their properties. Investigators were also able to locate items missing from the homes in Crotty’s vehicle.
Crotty was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, fifth-degree larceny, second-degree criminal mischief, operating a motor vehicle while suspended; operating an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to insure a motor vehicle, misuse of a marker plate and failure to obey an officer’s signal as well as two counts of third-degree criminal mischief.
Crotty was released on a $100,000 bond. He is expected to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Sept. 21.
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