A call from a Hartford homeowner about a break-in led police to a suspect with 130 prior arrests.
They said they responded to the home on Woodside Circle on Monday.
A woman called them and said someone had broken the glass on a door to her home while she was there. At first, she thought it was her husband and called out; however, she quickly realized that it wasn't the case.
She told police she retreated to a fortified safe room and was able to maintain contact with them. Police described the safe room as having steel doors.
Officers arrived and established a perimeter around the home. They found the broken glass.
Police said they searched the home and found convicted felon 56-year-old Leroy Mims hiding in a second-floor bathtub of the children's bathroom, clutching a knife.
They said unlike normal break-in suspects who bolt when realizing a homeowner is home, Mims stayed for some reason. Though he had a knife, police said they were able to subdue him. Police said they found the victim's jewelry and property in his backpack.
"The discouraging part is hearing that he already had 130 arrests," Hartford resident Dave Moser said. "I guess they're minor because he's not locked up somewhere."
All of Mims' 130 arrests have been in the City of Hartford, police said. They said the number did not include any potential arrests in other cities and towns.
"Every time, he gets arrested, he gets re-released into society and he doesn't have the proper resources to succeed, jobs, education resources," Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. "They're just not there."
Mims, who was not on probation or parole when this recent break in occurred, was charged with home invasion, first-degree burglary, second-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief, carrying a dangerous weapon and interfering with police.
Mims faced a judge at Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday morning. During the court appearance, his previous 46 convictions including arrests in Windsor and Bloomfield were rattled off. His bond was set at $750,000. The suspect's next court date was scheduled for Nov. 28.
Foley said that there is someone else that has 253 arrests in book keeping.
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