Authorities: Man caught trying to break into cars, home in Cheshire

Authorities: Man caught trying to break into cars, home in Cheshire

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CHESHIRE — A Waterbury man faces charges after police said he attempted to break into several vehicles and a home near Bradford Drive Monday night. 

Ricardo Maldonado, 49, of 114 Benedict St., Waterbury, was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempt to commit third-degree burglary and three counts of attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny. 

On Monday around 11:30 p.m. police responded to the area of Bradford Drive for a report of a man attempting to break into vehicles, according to a police report. Officers viewed security footage from one of the homes and saw a man, later identified as Maldonado, pulling on locked door handles of a vehicle before walking out of the driveway, the report said.

Just after midnight, police were called to another home after a resident said a man, also later identified as Maldonado, tried to enter his home and his vehicle, the report said. Officers that responded found Maldonado closing the door of a car and ordered him to stop, the report said. Maldonado fled into a wooded area, but stopped after officers warned they would tase him, the report noted. Maldonado was then taken into custody. 

Police spoke with the resident, who said someone opened his screen door and tried to open the locked front door to his home, the report said. The resident then watched the man enter his vehicle, the report said. 

Police noted Maldonado was belligerent with officers. He was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. According to the bail commissioner, Maldonado has 27 prior convictions with a criminal history dating back to 1985. The prosecutor noted some of the convictions were for violent offenses, along with a conviction for escape. The judge set bond at $25,000 and continued the case to Dec. 12.

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