Shelton police: Alert neighbor interrupts burglary, leading to arrest

Shelton police have arrested a Stratford man after an alert neighbor of a Walnut Tree Hill Road house allegedly observed him attempting to break into a home.

David Sullivan, 35, of 906 Judson Road, Stratford, was charged Feb. 25 with third-degree criminal attempt to commit burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. Bond was $25,000, which Sullivan could not post. He was arraigned in state Superior Court in Derby on Feb. 26.

Police said the neighbor was home when Sullivan rang her doorbell but she did not answer. However, her dog began to bark at Sullivan and he walked next door, according to a Shelton Police Department press release.

The neighbor then observed Sullivan trying to force open the next door homeowner’s front door, police said, and she immediately called police.

Suspect observed in back yard

Numerous officers responded to the house where Officer Mary Beth White observed a suspect in the back yard. White detained the man.

Police said an investigation determined Sullivan had attempted to force open the rear door and a rear window of the house.

Police ask that any suspicious activity in neighborhoods be reported quickly using 9-1-1 or 203-924-1544.