"Then A Cop Came From Behind Him, Then One From The Front yard, Guns Drawn, And Forced Him To The Ground"

Larceny suspect apprehended; Second suspect still at large: Police search for hours on foot, by boat, by patrol car, and with K-9 Paco; "It was amazing to witness"; With pictures, videos from Tucker O'Brien, who witnessed arrest while book shopping.


Madison police apprehended a larceny suspect Friday afternoon several hours after he fled from Stop & Shop after being confronted by security personnel at the store. Another suspect, a woman, is still at large.

One suspect initially eluded police by fleeing through the downtown area packed with shoppers, ducking behind the firehouse and plunging into Tuxis Pond and swimming to the other side. A police officer and another man, who appeared to be a firefigher, launched a row boat and took chase just as that suspect reached the other side of the pond.

Police then engaged in a search of downtown Madison on foot, in patrol cars, by boat, and with the department's K-9 Paco before nabbing one of the suspects following a second chase near Academy School, which was full of people shopping at the local library's annual used book sale fundraiser.

Police Department Spokesman Joseph Race said around 4:28 p.m. that a man was apprehended near Academy School, where the town library's annual book sale was being held. Another suspect, a woman, is still at large, Race said.

Larceny spree at Stop & Shop

Madison police did not provide Madison Patch with any additional information about the incident Friday.

WTNH provided the following account:

A larceny suspect is in police custody following a foot chase, police said. Police say that Zoltan Verillo, 27, and a female suspect have been involved in a larceny spree at Stop & Shop over the past several days. The spree consisted of several thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise. They two suspects were confronted by security personnel on Friday and both immediately fled on foot into the downtown area. Verillo ... is charged with organized retail theft, larceny in the 3rd degree and interfering with police. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.

The New Haven Register reported that Verillo's address is 11 Manorwood Dr. in Branford, CT. 

The two people had been under surveillance by Stop & Shop security and fled on foot into the Madison Center area when confronted by security workers, police said. Police caught Verillo several hours later following a second foot chase near Academy School, but could not locate the woman, police said.

Merchants, downtown shoppers keep tabs on chase during sidewalk sales

Merchants with stores on Boston Post Road on Friday in downtown Madison said they were told by police that a suspect, or suspects, may have tried to steal items from Stop & Shop, which is located on Samson Rock Drive, behind the Boston Post Road.

Those merchants said they saw police officers engaged in a pursuit by foot and with patrol cars, lights flashing, through the downtown shortly before noon.

Then the fire horns went off at Madison Hose Co. No. 1 and numerous fire fighters responded to the back of the firehouse, which is on Boston Post Road and right next to Tuxis Pond.

Into Tuxis Pond

Around the back of the building, two men, one a police officer and the other who appeared to be a firefighter, launched a small rowboat and starting rowing across Tuxis Pond. As they launched, a person could be seen, swimming, approaching the far shore of the pond.

The swimmer headed towards a swampy area adjacent to the Hearth at Tuxis Pond, and Brookside Road, a small residential neighborhood off of Wall Street. The person who was swimming climbed out of the water and disappeared into the bushes on the far side of the pond.

Madison police continued to search the downtown on foot, by patrol car, and with the K-9 Paco. Madison Police Chief Jack Drumm worked with Sgt. Bryan Baxter, Paco's handler, as they searched the swampy area adjacent to The Hearth at Tuxis Pond Friday afternoon.

Officers stationed at The Hearth, Brookside Road, suspect nabbed outside used book sale

In addition to the police officers searching Tuxis Pond, and the area around it, Madison police also had officers stationed at The Hearth at Tuxis Pond, and at the end of Brookside Road, which is adjacent to Tuxis Pond.

Officers also were patrolling Bradley Road Friday afternoon, which runs behind the Boston Post Road, and connects to Academy Street, where the Academy School is located.

Tucker O'Brien was one of many people keeping tabs on the chase while running errands around town.

"I was around town running errands and I had heard about how the cops were running around town looking for the guy," O'Brien told us via email. "I was at the book sale stocking up haha and we see this guy run behind the Deacon John Grave House and then a cop came from behind him and then one from the front yard, guns drawn, and forced him to the ground."

"it was amazing to witness," O'Brien said.

Malinda Moore July 28, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Don't know what's going on with the author of these articles, but they are in the comment section more than the general public. I also don't know exactly what the accepted standard is for a news reporter / journalists. Sometimes it appears to be a conflict of interest writing an article and then bashing people who have a difference of opinion. Maybe the journalist should be unbiased, support the open exchange of views even when they personally find some to be repugnant, avoid imposing their own values on others, personal views and opinions should be reserved for an editorial not posted in an article, know the difference between advocacy and news reporting, personal commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context, remain free of associations or personal support of a person or agency that may compromise integrity or credibility, be vigilant about holding those in power accountable, show compassion for those who may be adversely affected by news articles, be sensitive when using photographs involving those affected by tragedy or grief, realize that only an overriding public need should justify intrusion into someone's privacy. Am I completely nuts and not make sense as implied by the author or does anyone else out there agree with this?
Darcy Sordo July 29, 2012 at 01:37 PM
If you don't like it don't read it.
Malinda Moore July 29, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Darcy: No question that Pem does the best job ever of gathering and putting the news out there to the public, sometimes as it's happening. Just a difference of opinion I surmise, illustrated by her statement ( I would rather have you know my biases and take them into account then pretend I don't have any) Everyone has an opinion but I see this whole thing very differently. The local Editor regardless of whom they are should report the news without bias, move on & allow the general public to either comment or debate it. Currently, some articles hit a nerve and generate dozens of public comments all over the board. Good for site sponsors and advertisers. But we must not forget that the pen is mightier than the sword, therefore The Editor has the absolute ultimate power to sway news events in any manner they choose. That is, either in the initial reporting or in a corresponding comment section. I therefore don't think Editor bias is a good thing if it ends up being used as a propaganda tool for this or that. The way it is going now, many citizens are likely afraid to say anything or have an opinion contrary to the all powerful Editor. The problem being: The end result may just be one sided boring news articles that people will give up on and stop reading, opting for other more unbiased media. Just my opinion, hope there are no hard feelings. I'm curious to hear other people's views and opinions about this if they dare to have an opinion contrary to The Editor. That's all.
Malinda Moore July 29, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Darcy. Neither I or any others can know if we like and article or not until we read it. Interesting that you apparently can, so maybe you should lend out your crystal ball for that. Telling readers to go away just because they don't agree with everything printed as gospel is un-American in my opinion. If you think everything is true and accurate just becasue it's written, we are all in trouble. We have these quirky things here in the United States like freedom of expression, opinion and speech ya know, to question authority and those in power if we choose. If you don't like a democratic society, maybe move some place with a dictator in power and live unhappily ever after. God bless America.
Charles Devine July 31, 2012 at 11:01 AM
The woman got away with all those cops all over the place? She likely got there in her male friends car parked someplace. So why didn't the cops just drive through all the parking areas with their marker plate reading device to find it?


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