State police have arrested three men in connection with a rash of daytime break-ins in several Connecticut towns.
Police said the break-ins occurred between November 2012 and January 2013 in the towns of Durham, Middlefield, Haddam and Killingworth. In each case, witnesses reported seeing a small tan pickup or older model green sedan in the area where the burglaries occurred.
State police along with police in Middletown, Cromwell and Rocky Hill, who were also investigating similar burglaries, were able to connect three male suspects and a female suspect to the cases.
On Tuesday, police arrested 31-year-old Shane Martingano of Hartford, 29-year-old Derik Perini of Hartford and 30-year-old Dane Tilley of Middletown.
The three face several charges, including burglary, larceny, criminal mischief and theft of a firearm.
The suspects allegedly broke into several homes over the three-month period and stole items ranging from jewelry and electronics to a safe that contained a firearm.
Police said they recovered some of the stolen items, but added most of it were either sold to drug dealers or pawned off for cash.
Police said a female suspect connected to the case is currently in custody at the York Correction Facility for unrelated charges. Police have not released her identity at this time.
Martingano and Tilley have extensive criminal records including past convictions for robbery, larceny and criminal trespass. Both have previously served jail time.
All three have prior arrests for similar burglaries and thefts dating back a number of years. This February, Middletown police arrested Tilley and charged him with at least nine break-ins there.
"Hope this is the end of it," said Ed Frederick of Durham.
Residents said they are happy that arrests have been made in the case.
"Small town you'd never think it would happen," said Heather Strom of Higganum. "A little crazy, a little scary, especially broad daylight, the afternoon."
Martingano, Tilley and Perini are all being held on bond and are due back in court in May.
Police said the fourth suspect is an unidentified female, who is accused of driving the getaway car for the Durham burglary. She is currently in prison on an unrelated charge, but police said an arrest in this case is pending.
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