Hamden boy hides in bedroom during burglary

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HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hamden 10-year-old hid in a bedroom while his parent’s friend burglarized their home Wednesday, police say.

“It really was very surprising because usually it’s a very nice neighborhood and we don’t have any problems here,” said neighbor John Edwards. “I was really surprised to see the police cars here.”

According to authorities, 31-year-old Derrick Hoover of New Haven forced his way into the Belmont Street home, then broke in to a safe that contained money and jewelry. They say he was found in possession of a large sum of money, and two pieces of jewelry were located near the scene.

“I think I better start using by burglar alarm more because I’m surprised,” said Edwards. “I think they have a pit bull in that house, so it’s surprising that it happened.”

“I’ve got a 13-year-old daughter. It’s really scary,” said Eric Gallicchio, another neighbor. “I lock the windows, the doors, and lock the car, the gate at night. My wife thinks I’m nuts, but this is why.”

The Read Street man is charged with second-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, and interfering with police. He was also arrested on three rearrest warrants. Hoover was held on $25,000 bond for the burglary and a total of $200,000 for the warrants. He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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