Man charged with breaking into 21 vehicles at Wallingford hotels last year

Man charged with breaking into 21 vehicles at Wallingford hotels last year

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WALLINGFORD — A Hartford man faces charges after police said he broke into 21 vehicles at three hotels off Route 68 last year.

John Burgos, 46, of 1043 Capital Ave., Hartford, was charged Monday with third-degree larceny, second-degree criminal mischief and 10 counts of third-degree burglary.

DNA evidence connected him to the incidents, police said. 

On July 12, 2018, police were dispatched to the Fairfield Inn, 100 Miles Drive, the Courtyard Marriott, 600 Northrup Road, and Homewood Suites, 90 Miles Drive, for reports of auto burglaries. A total of 21 vehicles had smashed windows and 10 vehicle owners reported items stolen, according to Burgos’ arrest warrant.

 A Fairfield Inn clerk told police he heard a loud noise outside and saw a man jump inside a Jeep Wrangler that had the passenger window smashed out, the warrant said. The clerk backed away after the the suspect threatened him.  Police discovered other vehicles in the hotel parking lot with smashed windows and items missing. 

At the Courtyard Marriott, police found 14 vehicles with smashed windows or pry marks and some of the owners reported items stolen, the warrant said. The stolen items included medication, money, a laptop, speakers, an Ipad, and an LCD projector. 

At Homewood Suites, police found blood on one of the vehicles that had been broken into, the warrant said. It was sent to the state laboratory for testing, Police were notified the blood matched a DNA profile of Burgos, the warrant said.

Burgos was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court Tuesday. According to statements in court, Burgos has previous convictions for burglary and a criminal history that dates back to 1991. The judge set bond at $35,000 and continued the case to July 18.
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