WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH) — The Wolcott Police Department revealed that 41 cars were broken into Thursday night.
The break-ins occurred mostly within the Wolfs Hill Road elderly complex, as well as the area of Brooks Hill and Munson roads.
“We’re all seniors here, so to see this vandalism happening here is really disheartening. Maybe we need security here,” said Diane Kapp, a victim.
Police said that cars were entered through either unlocked doors or smashed windows, and numerous items were stolen.
“As the morning progressed, more people were going out to their cars seeing their windows smashed out,” said Chief Edward Stephens, Wolcott Police.
While thieves would usually move on if cars were locked, police said they have become “more brazen” and are now willing to break windows and cause noise.
Police said no valuable items were reported stolen, but for residents, it’s their safety that is of most concern.
“The main thing here is if you see, you hear anything, see anything, your animals are barking, call us right away. Don’t confront anyone because a non-violent crime can turn violent quickly,” Chief Stephens said.
Police said that around 11:30 a.m., they were notified by Waterbury police that the car involved in the break-ins had been seen driving north into Wolcott and was spotted in the Pats IGA parking lot.
Wolcott police said the female driver, later identified as Hannah Casperson of Brookfield, fled from police. Casperson’s passenger, identified as Thomas Crawford, was seen coming out of the grocery store.
Police said Crawford was the suspect who had broken all 41 car windows and was wearing the same coat that he wore while committing the crimes.
Crawford was taken into custody and charged with 41 counts of third-degree burglary, and several other charges. He also has several previous arrests including failure to appear. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.
Even though an arrest was made, Chief Stephens said suspects typically don’t do time, unless they have a criminal record since it’s a non-violent crime.
When asked what the punishment is if they don’t go to jail, Chief Stephens said, “That’s a good question. When you get the answer, come and let me know.”
Casperson fled into Waterbury and eventually on the highway. She was seen driving a white 2006 Hummer H2 with Connecticut license plate AG99574.
Anyone with information about Casperson’s whereabouts is being asked to contact Wolcott Police.
Officials urge residents who see anything suspicious to reach out to police via (203) 879-1414.