Cops: Burglary suspect fled across I-95 on foot
Updated 1:10 pm, Wednesday, November 16, 2011
A 17-year-old is facing multiple charges for an attempted burglary after trying to elude police by running across all six lanes of I-95 on foot, shedding some of his clothing and hiding on a nearby rock formation.
The two suspects were seen at 1 a.m. dressed in black and wearing hoods and police quickly arrived at the scene. One of the suspects attempted to force his way through a rear door of the animal hospital before climbing a fence onto the roof of the building and ran off, police said.
A K9 unit was called in and tracked the suspects to the area of Old Kings Highway south and Queens Lane before an officer located the suspects walking northbound on I-95 near exit 12, police said. Both suspects ran across the highway before jumping over an embankment.
Officers found articles of clothing left behind and were able to track the suspects to a nearby rock formation. The 17-year-old suspect was found hiding near the top of the rock formation, police said.
"I have an employee who lives here with her two dogs and her dogs started going crazy around 1:30 a.m.," Wash said. "She heard someone on the roof and called police and they advised her to lock herself in a bathroom."
Wash said he figured the suspects were most likely after cash or some of the drugs the hospital has but said they would have had a hard time getting to the medicine.
"We keep all of the drugs locked up in a safe and they would have had to either break into the safe or steal it to get the drugs," he said.
When asked about any future security measures the hospital would take to prevent a burglary, Wash said there wasn't a lot that could be done.
"We already have an alarm system in place and on top of that we have the animals which go crazy whenever they hear any noises," Wash said. "I'll survey around the building and check to make sure we have adequate lighting but it's tough because it's an easy target since we're right off I-95."
Wash also noted that the hospital provides care for Zulu which he kiddingly said may have provided an incentive for the dog to track down the suspects.
The Connecticut State Police and Monroe K9 unit also assisted in the search.
The 17-year-old, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged with criminal attempt at second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary, interfering with an officer, possession of burglar tools and reckless use of a highway by a pedestrian. He was held in lieu of $15,000 bond and appeared in court today.
Police are asking anyone with any information about the second suspect to contact them at 203-662-5300. He is described as a white male, 5-foot-10-inches tall, with a thin build and dressed in black.