Rocky Hill Police, town leaders hold community discussion on recent rise in crime


ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — Rocky Hill’s top cops and leaders gathered in the town park Tuesday night to talk about the rising crime. News 8 spoke to neighbors who say they are frustrated by the situation.

There has been a recent rash of carjackings and break-ins from Bloomfield to Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Middletown. The most recent one was on Saturday in West Hartford and happened in a busy parking lot in broad daylight. Last month, robbers held up a Cumberland Farms in Rocky Hill.

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The amount of crime in the area and the volume of which it’s happening is getting the attention of the mayor and chief of police. Residents, too, say they are very upset.

Emotions ran high at the meeting Tuesday night at Elm Ridge Park.

“I know that family and they were terrified, they were angry, they’re business owners and it doesn’t matter who it’s happening to, it’s just an awful experience to be in your own town and have someone pull you out of your vehicle,” said Rocky Hill Mayor Lisa Marotta.

“It’s just kind of scary, you know, broad daylight,” said Bob Scotti of Rocky Hill. “I told my wife and my daughter getting gas, going to the store. I know they hit Walmart right here in Rocky Hill.”

Christina Green of Rocky Hill told News 8, “It is very frustrating. There was a neighbor of mine whose car got broken into. Fortunately, nothing was in it, but it is happening much closer to home.”

“It’s happening in our driveways, in our garages, it’s not at some concert venue, it’s not in a parking garage,” said Deputy Mayor Edward Charamut.

Rocky Hill’s police department is working with surrounding cities and towns to share information as these incidents occur.

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