CANTON — Canton police have arrested five individuals accused of being involved with numerous area vehicle break-ins and thefts.
Shortly after 4:30 a.m. on July 10, Canton officers received a call of suspicious activity in the area of Breezy Hill Road and Old Mill Drive, police said. A resident reported a slow-moving vehicle and multiple individuals going through yards and “breaking” into vehicles.
Officers found the vehicle, which had been stolen from New Hartford, and the occupants fled into the woods, police said. Officers searched the area and neighbors spread the word and approximately 2 hours later officers, acting on another call from residents, took three suspects into custody. An hour after that officers caught up to two other suspects. All were apprehended near Route 44.
Police said the stolen vehicle was recovered as well as other stolen merchandise.
Police are still investigating the incident but allege the suspects were tied to items taken from vehicles in Avon, Barkhamsted, Manchester, East Haddam and Canton. The investigation is still ongoing and police are investigating to see if there are any connections to previous incidents in Canton and elsewhere. Additionally, police are still looking for owners of some of the stolen property.
Under the U.S. Criminal justice system a suspect is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of
law but those charged include:
- Michael Orozco, 20, of 207 Hillside Ave., Hartford was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespass, criminal trover in the second-degree, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and third-degree larceny. He was due in court Monday.
- Jose Mena, 18, of 192 Westland St., Hartford was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree larceny. He is due in court on July 20.
- Jamie Patterson, 18, of 69 Connecticut Ave., New Britain, was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespass, and sixth-degree larceny. He is due in court on July 21.
Paul Anthony Lavan, 18, of New Britain, was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and is due in court July 20.
- A juvenile age 17, was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespass and sixth-degree larceny and was released with a promised to appear in juvenile court on July 22.
Police said they are thankful to alert residents who helped in this case and remind people to lock their vehicles, hide valuables and report suspicious activity.