West Haven police make arrest in seafood thefts

West Haven police have arrested Dino Francis is connection with multiple seafood robberies (Photo provided by West Haven police)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Officers say they’ve arrested a man who went on a food crime spree, accused of breaking into four restaurants in one night along the shoreline.

“I’m glad he got caught. He needs to get stopped because it just really hurts small business,” said Savin Rock Roasting Company’s Liz Collier. “There must be a market for it because it’s certainly too much for someone’s personal use.”

Branford police say last Tuesday Dino Francis started around 3 a.m., breaking into outdoor coolers at Jalapeño Heaven and Tommy Sullivan’s. Francis was caught on surveillance video breaking into Tommy Sullivan’s.

“(He) took a bunch of beer, bunch of meat and chicken and things that I had in the cooler,” said owner of Tommy Sullivan’s, Thomas Sullivan. “It’s obviously a financial loss. Anything you lost, you have to replace it. You have to pay for it. You have to replace it.”

Then about four hours later, officers say he headed to Stowe’s in West Haven and stole lobster meat. He finished at Savin Rock Roasting Company when he broke in there for meat.

Collier said Francis broke the lock and took a couple hundred dollars worth of food, including steaks, pork chops, and chicken.

Branford Police Department’s Capt. Morgan said they’re all pursuing charges against Francis. Morgan said stolen meat can be sold on the street for money.

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