Updated: Resident Trooper Office Reminds Tolland to Lock Up

Another string of car burglaries hit Tolland this week and have also affected Vernon and Ellington.

Tolland Resident Trooper Sgt. Scott Smith is asking residents to lock up their cars once again, as another round of vehicle burglaries  struck various locations in Tolland this week.

The latest burglaries took place on the night of August 7-8 in the areas of Old Kent Road North, Pepperwood Road, Hickory Court, Sandy Drive, Sharon Drive, Angela Drive and Evergreen Drive, Smith said.

A similar spree of car burglaries , . Smith estimates that Tolland has seen at least 40 car burglaries in the last month.

Ellington Resident Trooper Patrick Sweeney said that Ellington has also had its fair share of burglaries, racking up 25 since July.

"Neighborhoods are being targeted for people who aren't locking their car," Sweeney said. Smith added that the burglars have been skipping over the locked vehicles in the vast majority of these recent cases.

In Tolland, the crimes have typically occurred after midnight, Smith said. The burglars are taking items like GPS units, laptops and cash.

The latest string of Ellington burglaries at the end of July occurred in the Five Corners section of town. Sweeney said that there will be extra patrols in town in light of the burglaries.

Smith said that Troop C has been coordinating with Vernon PD, since . The Vernon burglaries are generally concentrated in large apartment complexes set back from the road.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Tolland Resident State Trooper's Office at 860-875-8911.

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Peggy N August 09, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Emergency Alert System notified me yesterday of these burglaries. Glad to have that system in place.
Walter August 09, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Peggy, do you feel that this is a good use of the emergency alert system? I'd rather it be used only for emergencies, like Hurricanes, Nor' Easters, etc.
Audrey Gifford August 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Seems appropriate to me. It's not like they use it constantly or anything.
Kristen Morgan August 09, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I agree with Audrey.
Bob Rubino August 09, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I appreciate the 'proactivity' of the alert, rather than reading about it after the fact. Maybe the perp got the alert as well and decided to head elsewhere thinking there is nothing worse than a forewarned and forearmed 'mark':)
CAD August 09, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I think it was great that they alerted us! They definetly do not over use it!
Walter August 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
It's good to get people feedback as I don't participate with the system but have heard stories about it being used by the schools for snow-days and to have people vote for the budget. I don't think that burglaries are emergencies but, as long as it is not being over-used I guess no harm done.
Peggy N August 09, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Now Walter, I think you would feel differently if they had broken in to your vehicle. If you do not want to be in the system then don't be. Your choice. I like the idea of being alerted to emergencies or non-emergencies (as you call them). I like to be kept informed.
Walter August 09, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Peggy, I wouldn't feel any different. If I came home and my car or house was burgled, I be mad but, it is not an emergency. If someone was in my house actively robbing it, then it would be and I'd call 911. There would be no reason to use the emergency system to blast out a message to everyone in town that my house was actively being burgled. I think you'd agree that in my scenario, the use of the emergency system would be frivolous. If there was an active rapist, murderer, etc. running around then it would be more appropriate. Burglaries are crimes of opportunity, they hit empty houses and cars. I don't think that this is a crime wave or an emergency at all. It's hoodlum kids with nothing better to do.
John Serrell August 09, 2012 at 10:49 PM
They must be stupid hitting Evergreen Drive. My friend lives in that neighborhood and so do about 10 cops, and Troop C is right down the street. Sadly this isn't hoodlum kids with nothing better to do. These are crimes committed by drug users to support their habit. The prescription drug and heroin use in this town is out of control. I've seen a lot more police presence in town lately. Hopefully with some community involvement these problems can be addressed. It's a difficult thing to stop because the crimes are committed locally but the addicts go out to Hartford to get the drugs. These stolen items are hard to recover because they end up in Hartford being traded for drugs.
Miss Mary Mack August 13, 2012 at 02:19 PM
The last group arrested for car break ins were from the Section 8 housing projects in Manchester...wasn't even locals. Honestly, how often do you see any cruisers driving through your neighborhood? I can tell you I see them come through (business related) once or twice a year!!! The state police don't do much.
Jayme Kunze August 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
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