OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — A crook who burglarized homes and crashed a stolen car remains on the loose, but he’s probably left Old Saybrook by now, police said Thursday.
Police held a briefing late Thursday morning to go over the details of what happened last night. Police believe the bad guy stole a car in New London, drove it to Old Saybrook, and then burglarized a house on Mill Rock Road East, just off Exit 68 of 95.
The trouble was the homeowner came home just as the thief was leaving, so he called the police.
The burglar took off in the stolen car then crashed it – flipped it in fact – on Schoolhouse Road. He got out of the car and took off into the woods.
It was a scary time for neighbors. Police notified them to stay inside and lock their doors. That was a good thing too, because a neighbor spotted the bad guy in his back yard, and called police.
“He called 911 and was on the phone with 911 as the suspect attempted to make his way into the house,” Lt. Kevin Roche, Old Saybrook Police Department, said. “We believe as the suspect heard the homeowner, he then fled the property.”
Some town residents are still a little on edge.
“A little bit nervous,” Jean Fulkersen said, “but I hear he was not armed and I think the Old Saybrook police do a great job, and hopefully he has left the area.”
Police think by now this guy probably has left the area. They are still working the case, among other things trying to get a better description.
Right now they say he’s a white man about 5’7″, with short hair. He was last seen wearing a white tank top and leathery jeans. If you see him, consider him dangerous, though not armed, and call police right away.