Willimantic neighborhood plagued by string of break-ins

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (WTNH)–A resident in a Willimantic neighborhood plagued with break-ins takes action by taking video of the alleged thieves.

The surveillance video was taken from a Ridgewood Road home. You can see what appear to be young men coming out from around the SUV where the owner says a laptop was stolen. One neighbor says he once stopped a would be thief right in his driveway.

David Hendry tells News8, “I was sitting on my patio last summer and a kid just came walking up my driveway in the pitch dark and tried to get into my car and of course I saw him and I yelled at him and he took off running.”

It’s not just cars in this Willimantic neighborhood but houses are also being hit. Heather Meehan manages property rented out to Eastern Connecticut State University students.

She says, “Someone broke into the first floor. I think they’ve been targeting college students since they’ve been away for the summer.”

Even her home in nearby Mansfield was broken into. Fortunately an alarm scared the thieves away. Her neighbor captured a picture of a black pick-up truck driven by people approaching homes and claiming to be utility workers.

Meehan says, “It is pretty scary yeah absolutely.” I asked, “And it happened right in the middle of the day?” She answered, “In the middle of the day and the only reason they were home is because they just had a newborn. So they were both home but I think they were knocking on doors trying to see if people were home or not.”

David Hendry has now put motion sensor lights around his property and is spreading the word to keep car doors locked at night.

He says, “Reminding my wife to lock her car at night. It’s kind of sad that that’s starting to happen in this neighborhood because we never had that problem before.”

Police are investigating these break-ins but residents are also hoping the public can help by identifying the people in the video.

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