Police: Man Breaks into South Windsor Home, Hides in Attic

Andrew Swegman, 34, of Vernon faces burglary, larceny charges.

A 34-year-old Vernon man is facing several charges after being found Thursday hiding in the attic of a South Windsor home he had allegedly attempted to burglarize, according to police.

Andrew Swegman, 34, of 17 Regan Street, Vernon, was charged with burglary in the third degree and larceny in the sixth degree, according to South Windsor police spokesperson Sgt. Scott Custer.

His arrest came after police responded to a suspicious persons report on Neiderwerefer Road, near Dart Hill Road, according to police.

A Neiderwerfer resident allegedly saw Swegman ring a neighbor's doorbell and then go behind a house, Custer said.

South Windsor police officers were on the scene within one minute and found an open window at the rear of the home, Custer said. Officers set up a perimeter around the home and later entered the home with a Vernon police department canine team, Custer said in a statement.

Swegman was located in the attic and officers subsequently recovered coins and jewelry that he had taken from a bedroom.  

Swegman was held on a $500,000 surety bond and will be presented at Manchester Superior Court on Friday, Oct. 26.

"This was a great example of neighbors watching out for suspicious persons and notifying the police immediately," Custer wrote in an e-mail. "We were fortunate that Sgt. Tom Field was nearby and was on scene within 45 seconds, thus trapping the suspect in the home and preventing his escape."

Swegman, according to Custer, is also wanted by the Connecticut State Police on an outstanding arrest warrant for burglary, larceny and criminal mischief.

robin mills October 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Um excuse me Andrew is not a scumbag. He is a great father who just made a bad decision.You have no right to sit here and judge a man you don't even know. His power was going to get shut off and he has a 2 year old daughter at home. He is a great father and a great person who was just trying to keep his daughter safe but just made a bad decision. So stop saying he's a scumbag and vermin when you don't even know him or his story. Everyone makes mistakes.At least his was to help his family. Hes not a bad person he's just in a bad place right now,so stop judging him cause you don't have any right to talk down about him.
Ted Glanzer October 27, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Just as a reminder to remain civil in our comments and not make any personal attacks. Thank you. tdg
Loretta T October 28, 2012 at 06:05 PM
To Julie and Robin, you are correct we don't know him we only know of his crime. No one came on here calling him names but you. I was a single mother of TWO children that was also in a bad place but I NEVER chose to break into anyone house. There are always other options. Why would ANYONE risk going to jail over raising their child? According to the State of CT Judicial website this is not his first arrest. I do wish him luck but their is no excuse to rob ANYONE. I hope the two of you are helping him and providing him with assistants. Please have him call 211 for further assistance. Also in Vernon the Hockanum Valley food bank is available. Have him apply for food stamps, state assistance, Husky Health Care and join Freecycle.org for free items for his child.
CC October 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Absolutely! There is help out there, I was w/out power for a month not long ago...and struggle on a daily to support my child--alone! Have I ever decided to go into a strangers home & steal & hide in the attic?? Sorry but NO! Do the crime--Do the time! Yeah, maybe he is a "good" guy, but he got arrested & it's public knowledge, there for people will express there opinions.!
CC October 29, 2012 at 03:13 AM
So..Julie and Robin, u wouldn't mind if someone that's a good person and is just trying to support there family...steals from u both? Right in your home? Your "safe haven"? But it's ok, if its a complete stranger...right?


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