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Police: Major Fencing Organization in East Haven, Branford Busted

Detectives seized truckloads of retail merchandise on Friday from what they believe to be a major fencing operation involving stolen goods from Target and Home Depot.

Working together the and departments have uncovered an alleged major fencing operation within the two towns, as well as other surroundings areas.

The investigation — which has been ongoing for several months — culminated in a seizure this past Friday when detectives seized truckloads of retail merchandise including: power and hand tools, commercial lawn and garden mowers, ATV’s, snow blowers, power washers, household appliances and other items.

Branford Police Detective Lieutenant William Carroll, who spearheaded the investigation, said, “We have been working in partnership with Home Depot and Target to track merchandise that has been stolen from their stores and fenced in a number of illegal operations. At his point no arrest have been made, however we believe that we will have an arrest made soon.” 

Branford Police Chief Kevin Halloran said that detectives, officers from East Haven Police Department and representatives from Home Depot and Target have begun the daunting process of cataloging all of the evidence and attempting to determine its rightful owner.

“I would image that the process could take the officers days to complete,” Halloran said. “I, along with the citizens of our communities, are grateful for their diligent work in disrupting this type of organized criminal activity.”

(Editor's Note: This news brief is based upon a press release from the Branford Police Deparmtent.)

Angels Among Us August 29, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Thank you Julie, it seems that threads about important happenings suddenly turn vicious and uncouth in many instances. We as intelligent people should be able to state our views in an articulate and unoffensive manner, without reference to ethnicity, political affiliation or offensive bias.
Angels Among Us August 29, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Jacobo Arbenz died in Mexico in 1971
Responses August 30, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Really dude, a mob racket? OMG. Let's use terms like fencing to make it sound oh so much bigger than it was. Doesn't looklike that much stuff to me. It keeps saying ATV's....there was one. Home Depot and Target do not sell atv's. You want names? Why it makes you feel better? Give me a break and get a life.
Responses August 30, 2012 at 01:06 PM
The people buying merchandise very well may have not known it was stolen, and if it was resold, the buyers may not have known either, these are liars and drug addicts that steal this stuff, you think they are honest?
chip September 09, 2012 at 08:31 PM
So where are all the arrests? Has the investigation died?

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