Update 5 p.m.
This afternoon, Captain Geoffrey Morgan confirmed that the department is actively investigating a “rash of burglaries” in the Windmill Hill area of town. Windmill Hill Road, a residential street dotted by mostly ranch-style homes, runs from Damascus Road to East Main Street.
At this point police believe a possible suspect is a white male, thin build, wearing a dark colored tank top. He was last seen Wednesday, Sept. 5 around noon in the area of 28 Meadow Circle Rd., according to police.
It is believed that attempted break-ins as well as burglaries have occurred on Meadow Circle Road according to a resident of the street. "Everyone in the neighborhood is on high alert," Courtney Edwards Barnikow told Patch via Facebook today.
In a alert sent to 450 residents of the area, police stated, "All of the burglaries occurred when the homes were unoccupied. Access into homes has been gained through unlocked doors or windows." The release further states that most of the items taken during the burglaries were home electronics, laptop computers and jewelry.
Morgan said the incidents have occurred in the last 24 hours. Anyone with information is asked to call the Branford Police Department crime hotline at 203-315-3909 or 203-481-4241; in an emergency call 911.
Barnikow told Patch that a home burglary had occurred across the street from her house on Meadow Circle Road. As police actively investigate today, she said she believes a home was burglarized on Meadow Circle Road about one and half weeks ago and yesterday it was hit again. "Today, there was an attempted break-in at a second home and two more successful break-ins at a third and fourth home," Barnikow wrote.
Police have not confirmed details about the incidents at this point.
"Hopefully the police will handle this situation in such a way as to make everyone feel safe and catch this guy quickly," said Barnikow.
The Police Department is requesting that residents be "vigilant" by protecting personal property." Police recommend that residents lock all doors and windows to homes and automobiles. Do not leave unattended electronic devices in plain view of potential thieves, police have instructed.
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