Police: Serial Fairfield County burglar targeted ATMs
The Monroe police department is the most recent to file charges against a Shelton man law enforcement states is a suspect in several burglaries throughout Fairfield County.
Joshua Moore, 40, was charged by Monroe police on Thursday, Feb. 28, with first-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, first-degree criminal mischief and criminal attempt at first-degree larceny.
Police said they had a warrant from Moore that stemmed from an overnight burglary at the CVS store at 511 Monroe Turnpike on Jan. 14.
“The perpetrator forced entry into the store through the front sliding doors,” police said. “The ATM inside of the store was severely damaged, but the suspect was unsuccessful gaining entry to the money compartment.”
The Monroe cops worked with Greenwich police to investigate the crime and established Moore as a suspect.
Moore was held on a $30,000 bond for these recent charges.
But Monroe police are the most recent in a string of police departments to charge Moore in connection with burglaries.
In Greenwich, the Shelton resident was charged with burglary, larceny and criminal mischief on Jan. 29. Police in Greenwich said he broke into ATMs around town and managed to get tens of thousands of dollars out of the machines. He was also connected to a commercial break-in in Greenwich in Oct. 2012.
Greenwich police said in Moore arrest affidavit that they tied Moore to the crimes in Greenwich, which netted over $100,000 in cash.
“A pattern emerged in which burglaries and ATM larcenies occurred in a short period of time after Joshua Moore’s checking account balance fell to near zero or negative values,” according to the court papers.
Moore was also known to have been involved in a burglary in Brewster, N.Y., in May 2011 while he was living in Stamford. New York State Police arrested Moore then and found he was involved with breaking into an ATM machine after breaking into a McDonald’s restaurant.