Police break up major theft ring in New Haven area

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Tool boxes, chop saws, lawn equipment, vacuums, snowblowers.

The list is long, as police broke up a major theft ring operating in the New Haven area. Police say they’re using the I-91/I-95 Merritt Parkway corridor to get into the neighborhoods quickly, and get out.

Bert Paradis is from Milford and has been keeping a close eye on his neighborhood.

“The problem is most of the people that are doing this are not local and they’re coming from out of the area,” he said.

The burglary ring has been hitting sheds and garages in Milford, West Haven, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, and Branford.

Police have already made two arrests, and are looking for the third man.

Homes in Kevin Fisher’s Milford neighborhood have had things stolen from them.

“Dale Drive, which is the street next to mine had sheds and garages getting hit over the past week or so,” Fisher said.

So how do you protect yourself if your area is being hit?

Police say one of the best ways is to remember “out of sight out of mind.” If you have a lawnmower, don’t leave it on the side of the house, or in the garage. They say to put it in the shed, lock the shed, and put a padlock on it.

Fisher keeps his tools under lock and key.

“Just lock everything up, you know I got a dog that will make noise if he hears anything and I keep a baseball bat under my bed,” Fisher said.

Police are asking anyone was had something stolen to please come down the please department and identify it.

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