The Southington Police Department announced that Robert Crotty, 42, of Waterbury, was arrested on Friday, Sept. 11 and charged with second and third degree burglary, fifth and sixth degree larceny, second degree criminal mischief, two counts of third degree criminal mischief, operating a motor vehicle while suspended, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to insure a motor vehicle, misuse of a marker plate, and failure to obey an officer’s signal.
Officers arrested Crotty for his alleged involvement in two residential burglaries and a motor vehicle accident.
The first burglary report came from a residence on Woodruff Street. The homeowner reported hearing a noise in his garage, and upon investigating the noise Crotty was found inside the garage. Crotty fled the scene, and the homeowner called the police.
Shortly after, officers located Crotty and his vehicle in the area of Berlin Avenue and Main Street. As Officers attempted to stop him, he continued to drive at or below the speed limit, ultimately coming to a stop in a driveway on Bristol Street.
Further investigations by officers linked Crotty to a second burglary (a shed on Dogwood Lane) and an evading motor vehicle accident involving a mailbox on Woodruff Street. The residents at each of the burglary locations reported damage to their property.
The vehicle that Crotty was operating was unregistered, uninsured and the license plate did not belong on it. Crotty’s operator’s license is also suspended.
Items reported missing from the two burglaries were located inside of his vehicle.
Crotty posted a $100,000 bond and was given a Sept. 21 court appearance date in Bristol.