Ansonia man charged with three 2009 New Canaan burglaries
Published 1:11 am, Friday, August 6, 2010
NORWALK -- A burglary arrest by Trumbull police in March led to Friday's arrest of a felon for burglaries in three New Canaan last December.
Fabian Rodriguez, 26, of 24 Hubble Ave., Ansonia, was arrested on multiple burglary and robbery charges after being transported to state Superior Court in Norwalk on Friday. New Canaan police initially held him in lieu of $250,000 bond, but because Rodriguez is a prisoner who is not to be released until 2013, Judge Bruce Hudock reduced bond to $50,000.
Rodriguez's arrest ended the investigation of three New Canaan burglaries that occurred within minutes of each other Dec. 8, 2009, according to the eight-page arrest warrant affidavit.
About 1:30 p.m. that day, an Old Norwalk Road resident returned home to find a man in her driveway carrying a purple jewelry box and a blue cardboard jewelry box she kept in her bedroom, she told police.
After she tried to grab the items, the man grabbed her purse and struggled to get it off her shoulder, the affidavit states. She then saw another man crawl out of a kicked-in garage door panel, according to the affidavit. The man who tried to grab the purse went to the back of a car and folded the license plate so she could not read it, the affidavit said, and the two then sped off.
Moments later, police were called to a Braeburn Drive home after door and motion alarms were activated there. There, police discovered three iPod Touches, valued at $700; a $1,000 Apple laptop; and jewelry had been stolen, the affidavit said.
Four days later, a Hickory Drive resident called to report that jewelry worth $685 had been stolen from his home. The man said he left home Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. and returned home at 2 p.m. to find a broken garage door window, the affidavit said. Until four days later, when he discovered the jewelry missing, he assumed that a landscaper accidently broke the window, according to the affidavit.
On March 1, Trumbull police called to a burglary in that town saw two men run back into the house. When police went into the backyard, the men ran for the officer's car in an attempt to steal it, but the patrolman did not leave his keys in it, the affidavit said.
After a mile-long pursuit, Rodriguez was captured, and the second person remains at large, police said.
Found at the home was a black Infinity that had been reported stolen from Norwalk on Dec. 1, 2009, police said.
Inside the trunk were its original license plates, with a dealership plate frame attached to one, police said.
That plate frame matched the broken one found on the driveway of the Old Norwalk Road home, police said.
"This left no doubt (to police investigators) that this recovered black Infinity vehicle was the vehicle that fled the scene from the New Canaan burglary," the affidavit said.
Rodriguez, however, denied to New Canaan police being involved in any burglaries other than the Trumbull one in which he was caught. Rodriguez said he had never been to New Canaan, the affidavit said.
But police checking his cell phone records discovered that on Dec. 8 at 1:10 p.m., he used his phone near each of the three New Canaan burglaries, the affidavit said.
Rodriguez did not make a plea in the case. He is to return to court Aug. 13.