Bristol burglary bust

Bristol police booking photo of Luis Cantre.

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — Bristol residents can breathe a little easier now that police say they finally caught the guy they believe is responsible for a string of home-break ins.

“All of a sudden at one thirty the dogs bolted off the couch and started barking and ran to the back door,” said Sandy Leba, Bristol.

It happened early this morning at the Leba house in Bristol. A man trying to get into their home took off across the street, looking for another target.

“When I saw the figure run, I noticed there was a figure in Mo’s driveway with the break lights on,” said Leba.

Police say even with a warrant out for his arrest, 28-year-old Louis Cantre was out trying to get into homes late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Police say he has hit 12 homes in 12 days. All at night all while people were home sleeping.

Wednesday morning he allegedly stole Maurice Bourgoin’s car right out of his driveway. Police arrested Cantre, caught him in the stolen car, with evidence from more burglaries that night.

“He had a little pink purse and asked me if it was mine. I don’t have a pink purse it was from another burglary, police say they just had a report of another purse stolen,” said Maurice Bourgoin.

“He is wanted for 12 burglaries in this area, that is what I have heard that guy should be put away for a long time,” said Bourgoin.

Police say before Cantre stole their car, he was trying to get into houses on this street. He hit one house on one side and the dogs scared him off, same with another house.

Now people in the neighborhood finally breathing a sigh of relief that he is behind bars.

“I have lived here since 1963 the day after president Kennedy’s funeral and I have never ever seen this, it’s a quiet neighborhood, neighbors look out for each other,” said Lani O’Connor, Bristol.

Cantre is facing multiple charges including burglary and larceny. He’s being held on a $125,000 bond.

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