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Police Investigate Home Burglaries in Simsbury, Granby, Canton

Recent burglaries have law enforcement officials seeking a possible connection.

Police in Simsbury and surrounding towns are investigating a recent jump in residential home burglaries and are cautioning residents to "safeguard" their properties.

Two recent home burglaries in Simsbury and two in Granby last week have police on the lookout for suspicious activity and warning residents to take precaution. Police said the break-ins occurred in separate parts of each town starting on Jan. 25.

Police have not confirmed whether the incidents in separate towns are related.

"This is still an active investigation," Granby Police Captain William Tyler said. "The regional investigation team met recently to discuss [it]."

The Simsbury Police Department did not respond to questions about the similarities in the Granby investigation. Simsbury Police also would not comment on any possible leads about a suspect.

The Granby Police Department reported a possible suspect vehicle, and Tyler underscored "possible."

"A neighbor reported seeing a strange vehicle near one of the homes," Tyler said.

The two burglaries in Granby occurred on East Street on Jan. 29 and North Granby Road on Jan. 25. Simsbury Police would not specify the locations of the two recent burglaries there.

The vehicle described to Granby police was a 2-door Honda, possibly a 2000, that was dark in color and had "sporty" rims on the wheels. When a second person reported seeing a similar car near the second home, it raised suspicion.

"It was a passing motor vehicle [driver] who believes he might have seen a vehicle like that at one of the locations," Tyler said.

"We believe the two in Granby are related based on similarities," Tyler said.

Canton police are also investigating a recent burglary but the suspect vehicle is described as a 2-door grey Acura, possibly with Massachusetts license plates. Canton police learned of the Erickson Drive incident on Jan. 25. 

Both houses in Granby were burglarized early in the day, most likely before noon, Tyler said. The thief or thieves used a crowbar or other device to pry open the front door of the homes where they took mainly jewelry and cash. Tyler also said the criminal(s) had been smoking in the homes.

"When the residents came home that was the first thing they noticed," Tyler said.

Simsbury Police did post a brief statement on the town of Simsbury website warning residents about the incidents, but would not elaborate on possible suspects or similarities in the two cases for residents to be aware.

"The Simsbury Police Department is investigating the burglaries and working in cooperation with surrounding communities," a recent statement said.

Tyler said residents should be on the lookout for suspicious activity and for residents to keep an eye on their neighbors property as well.

"Neighbors are really the best thing in this situation," Tyler said. "Have your eyes and ears open and watch out for your neighbors."

If you witness any suspicious activity or suspect a possible burglary, do not enter the home and call 911, Tyler said.

Buford T Justice February 05, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Capt Tyler if you believe in what you said, why did we Granby citizens have to get this info from the Simsbury PD? The Granby PD should do a better job at informing citizens of these things. The infrastructure is in place, reverse 911 and town e-mail lists for those who choose to be informed. How do we keep our eyes and ears open or increase vigilance if we don't know what's going on? "Tyler said residents should be on the lookout for suspicious activity and for residents to keep an eye on their neighbors property as well. "Neighbors are really the best thing in this situation," Tyler said. "Have your eyes and ears open and watch out for your neighbors."
Buford T Justice February 05, 2013 at 02:56 PM
To: Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 9:31 AM Subject: Burglaries I just wanted to give you a heads up so you can pass it on. There have been daytime residential burglaries in Canton, Granby and Simsbury. The suspect vehicle is the same for all three towns, a dark gray older (1999, 2000) Acura 2-door with custom rims. Possibly Massachusetts plates. If you see the vehicle in your neighborhood, try to get the license plate info and call police. Simsbury Police Department 933 Hopmeadow Street Simsbury, CT (860) 658-3108
Mary-Lew Kelly February 05, 2013 at 04:34 PM
The Granby Police Dept. leaves much to be desired. We recently called to inform the dept. of syringes and needles fond on the side of Silver Street. After a few hours we checked to see if they had been picked up and no ... they were still laying on the side of the road ....clearly viisable . I sent an email to the chief and he replied saying it is proper to call the dept. and not to email because he sometimes doesn't read his email for 2 or 3 days. I then received a call from the dispatcher saying that an officer had been up but couldn't find them . We told him once again where they were and he acted as if we should have had a tape measure and given more exact measurements . The officer came back ( did he really go in the first place ? ) and we received another call stating that it was ONLY medical waste. This was very close to a bus stop ... how careful can we be? The next day I called the chief and said that if the officer had come up once and couldn't find the syringes should he not have contacted us instead of totally ignoring the complaint to get more information? This is a matter of safety and concern for the children in the neighborhood ! We do need citizens to be vigilant but doesn't that include the Granby Police Dept. as well ? No news is NOT always good news !!!!
Fred February 05, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Whoa , hyper alert on Silver street
Buford T Justice February 05, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Generally I would think that they would have called you back when the Officer was in the area. That way you could direct him/her to the exact location. I'm generally supportive of the police and the job that they do, but sometimes they could be more responsive if they really want us to assist with information about concerns that we have. While dirty needles are not an "emergency" they certainly are a hazard. The Officer should have made contact with you one way or the other. Chief Rosensweig are you listening???
Casual Observer February 05, 2013 at 08:24 PM
"Only medical waste." Isn't there a law in CT regarding the proper disposal of medical waste? It seems this incident is being treated rather lightly by the rank and file of Granby Department of Police Services. Check the dispatchers log. Were the officers assigned more pressing activities at the time the incident on Silver Street was called in? What time was the citizens call logged in; what time was the officer dispatched; what time did the officer arrive in the area; and what time did the officer clear the area and with what disposal activity code. For personal reasons, I'm disappointed with the manner this complainant has perceived this incident was (mis)handled.
George February 06, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Get over yourself and stop whining. You ever see that commercial where trash is on the ground and everyone walks past it complaining how people litter, but no one actually picks it up and throws it away. That's what you are..nothing but someone who wants to complain and physically do nothing about it. Here's what I hear, you gave a poor description of where these syringes were located. If you were soooo concerned about the location of the syringes because they're near a bus stop why not wait until the officer gets there to retrieve them? Let me guess you were too busy right. You are just as much to blame because of your laziness.
Bill February 06, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I will call the police the next time I see trash on the street. For all I know that clear yellowish liquid in a water bottle could be gasoline for a home made bomb!
Joseph Gobbles February 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM
All you have to do is carry concealed. If someone breaks in your house shoot them. It's simple and a fast easy and cost effective solution! Plus it's exciting.
GranbyMama March 11, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Yes, carrying a concealed weapon really does a lot of good when NO ONE IS HOME at the time of the robbery.

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