Police investigate smash and grab burglaries in Guilford, Old Saybrook

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GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are investigating whether two overnight smash and grabs burglaries in Guilford and Old Saybrook are connected.

One of the burglaries happened at Chucky’s convenience store/gas station on Boston Post Road in Guilford.  Surveillance video from the store shows one person, wearing something over the bottom half of their face, smash the glass door with a rock around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. When the key holder later came in to open the store at 6 a.m., she found the smashed door.

The owners of the store showed News8 the rock which was used and an electrical box on the back of the store which may have been broken to try to disarm the surveillance system.

Apparently it didn’t work. Police have pictures of the suspect who the owners say got away with $600 in cash from the register and $10,000 worth of cigarettes.

The thief apparently filled up two big bags of smokes including one taken right out of the garbage can next to the front door. The owners have only owned the store for a few months but a clerk who has worked there for 8 years says this is the first beak-in she’s seen.

The other burglary happened at the Food Bag convenience store/gas station, also on Boston Post Road, in Old Saybrook. Police say when they responded to an alarm activation around 3:20 a.m. this morning, they found a front window had been broken by a large piece of wood to gain entry.

The suspect/suspects fled before police arrived in both burglaries and there is no suspect description at this time. There is also no word on what was taken in the Old Saybrook store which is still taking inventory.

“We’re trying to determine if they are connected right now,” says Old Saybrook police Lt. Kevin Roche. “We are working with Guilford and the detectives over there to hopefully pool our resources and bring this to a successful conclusion.”

The incidents remain under investigation. Anyone with any information or who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area should contact Detectives at 860-395-3142.


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