Burglaries a trend in Ashford, according to shop, home owners - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Burglaries a trend in Ashford, according to shop, home owners

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It was a noisy night in the quiet corner.

State troopers said they're investigating two smash-and-grab burglaries that happened at stores about a half a mile apart in Ashford.

"I think they threw the rock through, unlatched it, came in real fast and just took off," said Gene Smith, owner of Smitty's convenience store on Ferrence Road.

Smith asked Eyewitness News to hide his face. He said he's spending the day cleaning up the mess of what's becoming a trend in town.

He said someone smashed the glass door to his business, destroyed his Keno machine and stole the cash register and cigarettes.

Troopers said the Corner Package Store in the area was also hit. In that case, the front window was smashed and some alcohol was taken.

"It looks like they took the beer and was drinking it right here," said Charlie Woytik, Corner Package Store owner.

Woytik told troopers that his store was broken into not long ago as well and was closed for months. He said he's at a loss.

"What can I do?" he said.

Last Saturday, troopers said a home right next door to the package store was burglarized, but there was no damage.

"I think they came through the back," said Jerry Barth of Ashford.

Barth said he hadn't locked the door.

"I was out at a friend’s house and I came back in the morning and a bunch of my stuff was missing like a TV, a laptop, a bunch of chargers [and a] cell phone,” he said.

Troopers would not say if they thought the incidents were related.

Victims of the burglaries said they're relying on one another to call police of someone sees something strange.

Anyone with information should contact police at (860)896-3200.

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