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PD: Man arrested for trying to break into Milford home multiple times

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Walter Denike was charged after police said he tried to break into a Milford home. (Milford Police Department) Walter Denike was charged after police said he tried to break into a Milford home. (Milford Police Department)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A 62-year-old man was arrested after police said he tried to break-into a Milford home five times.

Walter Denike, of Milford, was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and interfering with police.

Police said Denike had attempted to gain entry to the home on Cedarhurst Lane during the early morning hours of July 11 and July 13.  

The homeowner Sandy Gerber said she saw the surveillance footage of a man, who was later identified as Denike. She said thanks to the Ring Video Doorbell surveillance system, which she purchased right before a recent trip, she was able to catch his attempts on camera.

"They got the guy up off the yard, put a spot light on him, my husband did not know him," Gerber said. "We have never seen this man before."

Gerber said its been a nerve-racking past three weeks. On Friday morning, Gerber said it was Denike's fifth attempt at breaking into her home. 

"After the second time he came to the house, they then set up surveillance out on the street, still didn't catch him and a couple of nights ago, started putting a police officer in our backyard," Gerber said.

Police said when Denike approached the home around 4:30 a.m., they were ready for him. 

"We were actually able to encounter him while he was on the property," Milford Police Officer Michael DeVito said. "We had an officer in uniform, officer in plain clothes,after a brief altercation, take him into custody."

Denike attempted to flee, but was apprehended before he could get away from officers.

 "They did a great job for us and I'm so happy they caught this guy," Gerber said. "We're really relieved. It's frightening to think something like that has been going on and you didn't know."

Police said they're not sure why this suspect, kept targeting this one house. Investigators said that's something they'll be looking into, along with tying him into the other incidents caught on camera.

Denike is being held on a $5,000 bond. He appeared in Milford Superior Court on Friday morning.

“Milford Police want to thank all those in the community that assisted in providing information on this case,” police said in a statement on Friday.

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