The Southington Police Department (SPD) arrested three men in relation to an armed burglary at Target in Southington on Wednesday, Feb. 4. Akbar Aiken, Denzel Holmes, and Elijah Aiken were each arrested for third degree burglary, third degree conspiracy to commit criminal mischief, and second degree larceny.
According to an SPD press release, local police responded to a report of a burglary in process at Target, 600 Executive Blvd. in Southington, on Feb. 4 at approximately 12:38 a.m. It was reported that two perpetrators were inside Target , and both were observed via Target’s video surveillance system.
SPD officers arrived on scene and found a hole in the rear of the building where the suspects had fled south from the rear of the store.
Police set up a perimeter, and called in the K-9 Arno unit to follow a track that led south along the 8-Mile River. The release said that the suspects crossed the river and fled into the area of Beal Dr. and Beverly Dr. After two hours of tracking, officers located Elijah Aiken, 31, of Easton, Penn. and Denzel Holmes, 21, of Allentown, Penn. in a wooded area. AMR Ambulance was called to the scene since both suspects were exposed to extremely cold temperatures and dangerous elements.
During the investigation, officers located a suspicious vehicle in the area of Beal Dr. which was being operated by Akbar Aiken, 34 of Allentown, Penn. that was found in close proximity to both suspects.
The SPD was assisted by the both the Plainville Police Department and the Connecticut State Police in the investigation.
All three suspects were held in lieu of $250,000 bonds, and are scheduled to appear in the Bristol Court today. Elijah Aiken has outstanding extraditable felony arrest warrants in Texas and New Jersey.
The press release said that approximately 13 other Target stores along the East Coast, Florida, and Texas have been burglarized in the same manner. Police are actively investigating all incidents.