Car burglar suspect caught and has been under investigation
Shelton police arrested Jimmie Bennett, 48, of Bridgeport on four outstanding arrest warrants for car burglaries.
On June 30, Shelton police arrested Bennett and he was charged with Burglary 3 on each warrant. He was released on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Derby Superior Court on July 13.
An investigation on Bennett was conducted by Shelton Detectives into a string of car burglaries that occurred on Bridgeport Avenue. Police have reported the car burglaries to have taken place at area hotels where residents would awake to find their vehicles broken into with items missing.
Bennett has arrests pending in surrounding towns for similar incidents. He has been charged with these crimes, but has yet to have been proven guilty in court.
Similar cases in Milford
Evidence from crime scenes in Milford and other neighboring towns helped pin Bennett as a suspect. Shelton Police and Milford Police collaborated to monitor Bennett’s activity and on May 27, Bennett was observed committing a vehicle burglary in Stratford, police said. Surveillance units followed him to a storage facility in Bridgeport where the proceeds from his criminal enterprise were being stored.
On May 28, police executed a search warrant on a storage unit in Bridgeport where approximately $175,000 -$200,000 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered. A majority of the stolen property recovered has been identified as being reported stolen from eight different towns or cities (Milford, Shelton, Stratford, Orange, Branford, Norwalk, Wallingford and North Haven).
The Milford Police Department arrested Bennett on six separate felony arrest warrants for incidents occurring in Milford. Bennett was charged with the following offenses.
Burglary 3rd (5 counts)
Larceny 3rd (5 counts)
Criminal Mischief 3rd (4 counts)
Criminal Mischief 2nd
Bennett was held on a $150,000 bond and was arraigned at Milford Superior Court GA #22 on June 29.
Other law enforcement agencies are furthering their investigations, attempting to identify the owners of over 100 items recovered by police. If anyone had a vehicle broken into and they believe that they may have been a victim they should contact their local police department.