NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven market and deli was broken into three times in as many days last week. The store has beefed up security measures, and now are hoping someone will recognize the thief and the police can catch the person responsible.
News 8 spoke to the manager of West Rock Deli on Wilmot Road on Sunday and obtained video you’ll only see here on News 8.
You can only imagine how upset the owner of West Rock Deli is and how devastating these burglaries have been.
In the video they shared with News 8 time-stamped from Thursday, you can see someone enter the store and grab cigarettes and cash from both the lottery register and regular register.
“Around two o’clock in the morning, they’re at the store for the first time,” the manager said. He asked to remain off camera for this story.
The next day, someone, who the manager believes is the same person who burglarized the store Thursday, came in and stole cigarettes.
“I closed at nine. Nine-fifteen they’re at the store again. It’s the same story,” he said.
The second time, the manager says they stole only cigarettes.
After the second break-in, the manager says they bolted the door, making it harder to get in.
“After I put a new lock he tried to open the door so many times, he couldn’t.”
He said on the third day, the thief went next door – into a neighboring business that’s under construction – and broke through a wall to get into the manager’s office that way.
This time the burglar caused damage and left a mess.
During the third break-in, the manager said the thief stole cigarettes, tobacco, cash and the DVR for their surveillance system.
“I had to buy a new one. But it was taking forever to come in, so I put this one in there for them.”
We were there Sunday when the new DVR surveillance system was installed.
The manager said he has called the New Haven Police to investigate.
“They came, they took the evidence, they took the fingerprints, but nothing happened yet.”
After these break-ins, the manager says they’ve hired someone to stay overnight. They’re hoping the police will catch the person responsible and they’re making a plea for around-the-clock security to be added to the building which comprises of businesses and apartments.
“A lot of people live here and, at nighttime, there’s no traffic here, no cars, nobody going in or out. You need security!”
We’re reached out to New Haven Police to get more information about the break-ins. They say that the investigations are ongoing.
“It’s crazy! It’s something you see in the movies!” the manager said. “If they fix the hole in the wall, maybe next time he’s going to break the window. Or, he’s going to come on the roof! I don’t know… I don’t know what’s going through his mind.”
Detectives ask anyone with information to contact the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304.