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East Haven Police Warn of Targeted Burglaries

East Haven has had five reported burglaries within the past 10 days that appear to target Indian families or people of Indian decent, according to police.

UPDATE at 10:30 a.m. on SUNDAY

The following is a broadcast message from the East Haven Police department shared with local media by CT News Alert.

We have had several recent burglaries in town targeting Indian families, or people of Indian descent, especially those whose last names happen to be Patel.

We have also received word from other agencies in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire that they are experiencing similar crimes in their jurisdictions.

The suspects are typically breaking a rear window or sliding door to gain entry, and are taking expensive jewelry and cash, but have been leaving electronics undisturbed.

It appears this is a crew that is targeting these victims.

The suspects in these cases might be operating a white 4 door sedan bearing orange and blue New York registration plates.

Please be vigilant of your property as well as you neighbor's and call us with any information you have. 

ORIGINAL POST

The following is a press release from the East Haven Police Department. 

East Haven has had at least five reported burglaries in town within the past ten days, targeting Indian families or people of Indian decent.

The cases have been similar in nature and have occurred on:

  • Columbus Avenue
  • Leigh Drive
  • Henry Street
  • Saint Andrews Avenue
  • Bradley Street

The suspects are entering through the rear of residences and have been taking cash and jewelry. 

It appears that this is a group of criminals that is targeting these victims. 

Please be vigilant for suspicious people and vehicles in your neighborhood. 

If anyone has any information regarding these burglaries, they are asked to contact East Haven Police Department at 203-468-3820.

Mike Liso January 12, 2014 at 07:14 PM
It's sad that these low-life individuals have to prey on innocent people because of their ethnic background. I know that if these scums came in my neighborhood, they would , if caught by us would face a far worse fate than a simple arrest.
Kristy Turcio Porter January 13, 2014 at 06:24 AM
I live three doors away from one of these robberies. The burglar(s) came in at night while this family was home and sleeping. There are two young children and they are now petrified. They will probably never sleep the same way again. Believe it or not, the biggest deterrent for a burglar is a dog, no matter how large or small. I hope these families can somehow find peace.
Richard Poulton January 13, 2014 at 07:59 AM
Burglaries are difficult to solve. Without a positive ID by a witness or such things as latent prints or DNA left behind it comes down to boots on the ground by the PD. GOOD patrolling by uniforms and Detectives researching history. Like what do these have in common besides the race of victems. I will put my dime on someone they all know. Someone Who is familiar with each family and what they own. But one of the first things I would do as I am sure the PD is doing as well is look who was recently released from jail with a burglary history and is familiar with this area. Good luck to the PD in stopping this.
Kristy Turcio Porter January 13, 2014 at 08:46 AM
I thought the same thing, possibly someone they know, but it seems like they just went through the "phone book" looking for the Patel name.
Lou January 13, 2014 at 09:03 AM
And the best part is that these robbers can have any firearm they want while our Governor limited what the law abiding citizen can have. Come in my house while my kids and wife are there sleeping and there will be no questions asked! Shoot first ask later!
Richard Poulton January 13, 2014 at 09:10 AM
These type of incidents are a challange to investigators. Look at the areas where they happened. Two in the west end area, one far north section, two down in the shore line section and one close to center of twon. Now the fact that the victems are Indian decent may just be a coincidence or the subject(s) know each family. @Lou, correct, but burglar doesn't need to possess an actual weapon, just the fact one can show fear or the threat of harm is present calls into play the "Castle Doctrine". Then again, much better to be judged by 6 then carried by 6.
Mike Liso January 13, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Richard, again, relying on your experience as a retired detective what exactly is the "Castle Doctrine". Does that mean we have the right to use any force necessary to protect what we own? If you can, email me with the particulars--Thanks
Richard Poulton January 13, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Mike sorry for the delay in responding, dealing with issues in Killingworth ( mother ). Anyway, Google CGS 53a-19. Basically the law in CT states a person is not obligated or lawfully required to "retreat" from a threat of perceived threat from ones home and use deadly force if threat is present. Ct. is different than FL Stand Your Ground laws. But read the statute.
Clare January 13, 2014 at 05:56 PM
what a shame I hope they find the person who did this, thank god no one was hurt.
Bob Fawkes January 13, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Detective Fawkes two cents: Indian people cherish gold. They recognize gold as a store of personal wealth and go about accumulating and storing gold in their homes in the form of jewelry, gold coins, bullion. This appears to be a sophisticated outfit targeting these people; certainly bigger and more organized than just a gang of East Haven punks.

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