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Criminals Take Advantage of Blackouts

Officers were kept busy during Hurricane Sandy's aftermath with burglaries and attempted generator thefts.

When Hurricane Sandy left Monroe in the dark, burglars took full advantage, breaking into homes and stores without working alarms nor video surveillance cameras and attempting to steal generators.

On Oct. 31, the owner of Brand Cigars, 230 Roosevelt Drive, checked on his store at 9 a.m. and discovered that a rear exterior door was wide open, according to police, who said a metal gate behind the door prevented the burglar(s) from entering the business.

Jewelry was stolen during a burglary reported at Fairfield Auction, 707 Main Street, on Oct. 31. The owners told police someone had smashed the glass door to the rear of the building to gain entry.

Nothing appeared touched in the main room, but cabinet doors in the showroom were ripped off the hinges and high value jewelry was stolen, according to the report. A large safe in a room to the south of the showroom was tampered with, but unopened, police said.

Police had no estimated value for the jewelry.

Another burglary was reported at CubeSmart, a self-storage facility at 873 Main Street, on Oct. 31.

The owner told police he noticed that a lock had been removed from a storage unit in one of the buildings and appeared to be broken. The owner of the storage unit is from Stamford and was behind in fees, so the contents were about to be auctioned, according to police.

Police said the business owner had no suspects because the cameras did not have power at the time of the burglary.

'Screw It! Let's Go!'

At 10:49 p.m. on Oct. 31, an Elm Street man told police he heard a loud bang outside his residence, then heard a male voice say, "Screw it! Let's go!" Moments later, a vehicle sped away, according to police.

A generator owned by AT&T lay in the roadway, disconnected from the utility pole it was chained to, police said.

Why Go to Home Depot?

A 49-year-old Lazy Brook Road man was watching TV at 10:20 p.m. on Oct. 30 when he heard a commotion outside. Police said the garage door was open and three males with flashlights were kneeling by the generator.

The homeowner yelled at them and the thieves ran to an SUV parked down the road and took off, according to the report. Police said the generator was not damaged.

Stolen Gas

Tempers flared over gas shortages following Hurricane Sandy, and before the storm hit, a Shelton Road man told police on Oct. 27 that someone broke into his shed and stole two gas containers — one two-gallons and the other two-and-a-half-gallons.

As officers took down the report, police said a neighbor reported that someone had tried to break into his shed without success.

Stephanie G November 05, 2012 at 08:25 PM
While driving down Elm Street last week, I saw an AT&T generator quite a ways away from the utility pole it should have been next to. I have to wonder if this was the same one in the police report or if someone had attempted to take this one as well... I have to say, they do seem to present quite the "attractive nuisance" just sitting there.
KikiMoon November 05, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Sad to think that we live amongst people who would do this. Really sad.
jim laguardia November 05, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I just don't get what gives people the idea that it is ok to steal from other people... It is just so sad
Stephanie G November 05, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Sad, but one of the things we did on Tuesday was to go to Home Depot and get a length of heavy chain for our generator. I figure that any thief who was serious would probably come equipped with a pair of heavy-duty bolt cutters, but why make their lives easier? Between the dogs and the chain (and the fact that the generator is in the back of the house behind a fence), I'm hoping we would have a chance of catching anyone in the act - assuming we're home at the time.
TBL of CT November 06, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Those of us in the areas hardest hit are prey to the degenerates who scout out locations to steal from. Quite sad. Hopefully all will be found, arrested, and held to the highest degree of the law. Secure your homes, look for unknown vehicles that drive slowly, sometimes repeatedly, get license plate markers, get physical descriptions...... and I hope you are all safe, warm, and secure.
Carl Kolchak November 06, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I've searched this thread over and over again but still cannot find any insults, accusations, politics, morality or mention of spaying/neutering your cats and dogs. What the heck is going on here?
jim laguardia November 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
This is the "local brand of crazy" that only a true "Monroe Patch" article can generate Carl MOST of that other stuff you mentioned were on articles shared amongst other local patches.... Some of those folks have some serious issues, we seem to take our meds on a little more formal basis here in Monroe
TBL of CT November 06, 2012 at 10:50 PM
most confused by the above....
Gerald M. Gaynor November 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Where were the gas shortages in Monroe? I was able to purchase gas for my generator on each day that I needed it.

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