Resident Detains Alleged Burglar By Grip-Up

Branford Police report resident keeps burglar suspect at bay by holding him up by his jacket until authorities arrived.

A 911 emergency dispatcher reported a Branford resident contacted police just after 1 a.m. this morning when he arrived home and stated a 23-year-old neighbor was burglarizing his garage. 

Police report, the E-911 telecommunicator inquired, “Where is he now sir (indicating the suspect’s location)?" The resident replied, “I have him by the jacket up against the garage door.”

According to a press release, Branford Police said when officers arrived, they located and arrested Alexander Laudano, 23, of 18 Windmill Hill Rd., Branford, who was still in the clutches of the captor. The resident's two elder parents were sleeping in the home, stated police. 

"Branford Police determined that Laudano was in the midst of stealing power tools and beer from the garage when he was captured. Further investigation reveled that Laudano was also responsible for stealing items from at least three other parked cars in the area prior to his apprehension," the press release stated.

Sgt. David Galdenzi, who supervised the investigation said, “We were surprised when dispatch informed us that the complainant was holding the suspect by the shirt at the scene. This young thief got quite an earful from the resident in the three minutes that it took us to arrive.” Galdenzi added, “The resident did a great job.”

Laudano was charged with first-degree burglary and four counts of sixth-degree Larceny. He was released from custody on a $2,500 bond. He is scheduled to appear in New Haven court on April 24, 2012.

thomas April 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
God created the fool the working stiff and the perp.
Karen True April 15, 2012 at 01:25 PM
The sad part of this is the fact that this young man is someone's son, maybe a brother or someone else's best friend. What led him to do this? Was it drugs, needing money, the thrill of stealing? His picture looks like he could be captain of the baseball team, not a robber! All I can think is how upset his parents must be.
Rich Reder April 16, 2012 at 09:16 PM
KUDOS to the resident for catching him....IN THE ACT nonetheless ,and the resident was not hurt in doing so ! It's YOUR house, no one has the right to just go in and take what they want, no matter whose son,brother,or best friend it is , a spade is a spade...a thief,a thug , what next....go in the bedroom to steal ? And goes to show you, CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER NOW....CAN YOU. WELL DONE !!


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