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Police Investigate Home Burglaries in Simsbury, Granby, Canton

Recent burglaries have law enforcement officials seeking a possible connection.

Police in Simsbury and surrounding towns are investigating a recent jump in residential home burglaries and are cautioning residents to "safeguard" their properties.

Two recent home burglaries in Simsbury and two in Granby last week have police on the lookout for suspicious activity and warning residents to take precaution. Police said the break-ins occurred in separate parts of each town starting on Jan. 25.

Police have not confirmed whether the incidents in separate towns are related.

"This is still an active investigation," Granby Police Captain William Tyler said. "The regional investigation team met recently to discuss [it]."

The Simsbury Police Department did not respond to questions about the similarities in the Granby investigation. Simsbury Police also would not comment on any possible leads about a suspect.

The Granby Police Department reported a possible suspect vehicle, and Tyler underscored "possible."

"A neighbor reported seeing a strange vehicle near one of the homes," Tyler said.

The two burglaries in Granby occurred on East Street on Jan. 29 and North Granby Road on Jan. 25. Simsbury Police would not specify the locations of the two recent burglaries there.

The vehicle described to Granby police was a 2-door Honda, possibly a 2000, that was dark in color and had "sporty" rims on the wheels. When a second person reported seeing a similar car near the second home, it raised suspicion.

"It was a passing motor vehicle [driver] who believes he might have seen a vehicle like that at one of the locations," Tyler said.

"We believe the two in Granby are related based on similarities," Tyler said.

Canton police are also investigating a recent burglary but the suspect vehicle is described as a 2-door grey Acura, possibly with Massachusetts license plates. Canton police learned of the Erickson Drive incident on Jan. 25. 

Both houses in Granby were burglarized early in the day, most likely before noon, Tyler said. The thief or thieves used a crowbar or other device to pry open the front door of the homes where they took mainly jewelry and cash. Tyler also said the criminal(s) had been smoking in the homes.

"When the residents came home that was the first thing they noticed," Tyler said.

Simsbury Police did post a brief statement on the town of Simsbury website warning residents about the incidents, but would not elaborate on possible suspects or similarities in the two cases for residents to be aware.

"The Simsbury Police Department is investigating the burglaries and working in cooperation with surrounding communities," a recent statement said.

Tyler said residents should be on the lookout for suspicious activity and for residents to keep an eye on their neighbors property as well.

"Neighbors are really the best thing in this situation," Tyler said. "Have your eyes and ears open and watch out for your neighbors."

If you witness any suspicious activity or suspect a possible burglary, do not enter the home and call 911, Tyler said.

Casual Observer February 05, 2013 at 08:24 PM
"Only medical waste." Isn't there a law in CT regarding the proper disposal of medical waste? It seems this incident is being treated rather lightly by the rank and file of Granby Department of Police Services. Check the dispatchers log. Were the officers assigned more pressing activities at the time the incident on Silver Street was called in? What time was the citizens call logged in; what time was the officer dispatched; what time did the officer arrive in the area; and what time did the officer clear the area and with what disposal activity code. For personal reasons, I'm disappointed with the manner this complainant has perceived this incident was (mis)handled.
George February 06, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Get over yourself and stop whining. You ever see that commercial where trash is on the ground and everyone walks past it complaining how people litter, but no one actually picks it up and throws it away. That's what you are..nothing but someone who wants to complain and physically do nothing about it. Here's what I hear, you gave a poor description of where these syringes were located. If you were soooo concerned about the location of the syringes because they're near a bus stop why not wait until the officer gets there to retrieve them? Let me guess you were too busy right. You are just as much to blame because of your laziness.
Bill February 06, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I will call the police the next time I see trash on the street. For all I know that clear yellowish liquid in a water bottle could be gasoline for a home made bomb!
Joseph Gobbles February 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM
All you have to do is carry concealed. If someone breaks in your house shoot them. It's simple and a fast easy and cost effective solution! Plus it's exciting.
GranbyMama March 11, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Yes, carrying a concealed weapon really does a lot of good when NO ONE IS HOME at the time of the robbery.

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