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Burglars Striking Long Hill, Canoe Brook Lake, Tashua

Police are stepping up patrols, First Selectman Tim Herbst said Jan. 25. Police would not release further details of the burglaries because they are under investigation.

Since Jan. 1, burglars have struck 8 times, primarily on the west side of Town, stretching throughout the Long Hill section and into parts of Tashua, First Selectman Tim Herbst said Friday evening.

"A short time ago, I conferred with Police Chief Thomas Kiely to review our action plan. Trumbull police will be aggressively stepping up patrols throughout Town, including main roads and residential neighborhoods. Police will be in marked and unmarked vehicles," Herbst said in a statement on the town Website Friday night.

"I am asking the people of Trumbull for assistance in helping us prevent burglaries," he added.

Herbst asked specifically:

  • If you see a suspicious vehicle or suspicious activity at the home of a neighbor or anywhere in your neighborhood, you should call 9-1-1- immediately and alert police.
  • Within your own home, you should take necessary security precautions. You should lock all windows and doors and also safely guard and secure valuables in your home.
  • If your car is parked outside, you should make sure you lock your car at all times. When you leave your home, if you have an alarm system, you should turn it on at all times.
  • If you have any tips regarding any burglaries, you can contact our Detective Bureau at (203) 261-3665 or text us at CRIMESTRPD and include your message. All calls and texts will be kept confidential.
Jim Flynn January 28, 2013 at 01:17 AM
How easy to dismiss the opinions of those who disagree with you by painting them with the term radical extreme leftists. What should we expect from Holden though whose heroes are Fox News, Limbaugh and Palin. Holden you are a dinosaur
Tom Kelly January 28, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Bruce Barker, I did not imply anything of the sort. But people watch a public official's actions. Let me give you an example. I am on the Board of Education. Let's say a member of the Trumbull Board of Education chooses to send their child(ren) to a private school. There is nothing wrong, or illegal about that, right? Right. That is that person's right for sure. But it still makes a statement when an elected official makes a choice like that. People can interpret it as they see fit. The same thing holds true for other town officials as well.
Bruce B. January 28, 2013 at 04:01 AM
Bill, "radical extreme leftists" is just as offensive as Tom's "Republican extremism". And Jim, you say "How easy to dismiss the opinions of those who disagree with you by painting them ..." and then you paint someone you disagree with as a "dinosaur" all the while assuming to know their heroes. What does Fox News, MSNBC, CNN or the others have to do with safety in our town? Or even the 2nd Amendment for that matter? Let's leave the hypocrisy out try and have an adult conversation without resorting to labels and name calling. Perhaps we can all try and be a little more constructive and little less destructive in finding common ground and working towards a safer Trumbull.
Bruce B. January 28, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Ah, I see your point Tom. I agree with you: actions do speak louder than words. But the implication is there, even if unintended. Your choice of where you might send a child for schooling might raise a few eyebrows but I don't think anyone would equate it with the 'what's happening to our little family community' scenario. We can all agree that there is a local break-in problem in our neighborhood and the town is asking for our help with the list posted at the top. We should all take some extra precautions like leaving a light on, a radio on and set to news or talk, letting a neighbor know if we are away and just being a little more aware of the problem until it passes.
Tom Kelly January 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Bruce Barker, we can also urge our First Selectman, Board of Finance, and Town Council to support Chief Kiely's request for an additional three police officers in this year's budget. That will add to the strength and depth of our public safety. It really shouldn't be a partisan issue, but in the past, one party has cut those positions out of the budget and I hope it doesn't happen again. In my opinion, now is not the time to find our cost savings in the area of public safety.
Bruce B. January 28, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Tom, That is a fair point and deserves attention. I have not followed the town budget very closely and will make an effort to do so in the future. For those interested, I found the approved 2012/13 budget on the Town of Trumbull website: http://www.trumbull-ct.gov/filestorage/7112/7170/12207/2012-2013_Salary_Budget_Report_-_Final_Town_Council_Approved.pdf Pages 4-5 relate to the Police dept. It shows one "cut" under the Part-time Assistant Patrol and one new hire full time Police officer (1/27/12) . It also shows a request for promotion to Lieutenant and a request for one new Police Officer. Both were not approved. I believe, and please correct me if I am wrong, the budget request asks for one new hire. A promotion is not the same as adding an additional officer. For the record, I believe if the Chief requests add'l officers it should be seriously considered and reviewed. As should requests from the Fire Dept, DOPW & BOE. The hard part is figuring out how to pay for it. There is a balanced answer which requires compromise. On both sides.
Bruce B. January 28, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Good news! Trumbull has hired 2 new police officers and a K-9 dog.
Tom Kelly January 28, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Bruce Barker, I am very happy to see you do that budget research and you are right on! Please note that the FS cut the Lt. position and 2 officers in 2011-12, and cut the Lt. position, one officer and a PT assistant position in 2012-13! The Town Council has INCREASED total townside spending by 12.6% in 3 years since Herbst was elected, but only increased the Police Department by 6.7% in those 3 years. That's not even enough to keep up with the salary increases for our patrolmen! I hope we support appropriate funding of our Police Department in the upcoming budget, and please let the Republicans know that they should find their cost savings elsewhere and not in the Public Safety budget!
Concerned January 28, 2013 at 11:29 PM
In regards to Kim... Unnecessary violence? So a person decides to physically break into your home and hold you hostage at gun/knife point, and you're supposed to just sit there and let them terrify you and your family, as they rob you? What kind of fairy tale are you living in... you have the right to defend and protect yourself from these animals. These thugs are stealing more then just your possessions, they are stealing your sense of security. The police can't just teleport to your house instantly, it takes time for them to respond, and that's if they even know what's happening. What if you can't call them fast enough? Unnecessary violence? Please! Get a clue.
Jim Flynn January 29, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Mr.. Barker Just reference Holden on Trumbull Chat and you will be able to see who his heroes are and why he is a dinosaur. His views are well known to the populace of Trumbull.
Bruce B. January 29, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Mr Flynn, I am only pointing out the irony in your very own post. "How easy to dismiss the opinions of those who disagree with you by painting them with the term 'DINOSAUR'." How can you expect someone to respect your opinion if you are unwilling to respect their right to their opinion?
Jim Flynn January 29, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Mr. Holden is an elected official. He should not be advocating the use of firearms in the reckless manner in which he is expressing "his opinion". Trumbull has an excellent police force and we should encourage people to be calling the police and not to take the law into their own hands. We don't want Trumbull turning into the wild west.
Bruce B. January 29, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Jim, It seems you might have missed much of the discussion here. Give it another read starting with the article itself. I think everyone here (with the possible exception of Mr Inglie) agrees with you wholeheartedly: "Trumbull has an excellent police force and we should encourage people to be calling the police and not to take the law into their own hands. We don't want Trumbull turning into the wild west." I am a little troubled by the assumption that because someone in essence says to be careful and prepared to DEFEND oneself- be it with mace, a ready cell phone, the panic alarm on your car key fob or a certified handgun, - some people are extrapolating that into "unnecessary violence" and "the wild wild west". Talk like that makes it sound like the victim of a crime would be the criminal. Have faith Jim. The police response time is excellent here in town.
Richard January 29, 2013 at 03:30 AM
The 2nd Amendment was crafted at a time when we were at war for our independence from the British Colonies and when weapons were very primitive and slow. No one is talking about taking away your right to bear arms. Get over your hysterics. They are trying to have a debate about whether or not citizens need access to assualt weapons like the the Bushmaster with a capablility of carrying and reloading many rounds of ammunition. It has no place in the homes of citizens or in the hands of criminals and freaks. The most horrible massacre of innocent 1st graders and educators happened not that far away. Everything issue is on the table for review and revision.
Jim Sullivan January 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM
I would like some details posted about these robberies. Were the owners at home? Were they during working hours or when people slept? What was the means of entry, e.g., picked lock, via garage door opener? Were any of the houses alarmed? What was stolen? Whoever is doing this is nuts. With credit/debit cards, who has any money in their home anyway? Are these guys stealing 60” flatscreens? Plus most people have guns, so why not just rob a bank? The risk/reward is much better for the robber. I hope some more details are posted.
John Jameson January 29, 2013 at 02:12 PM
The majority of home burglaries are done during the day, when these days, most homeowners are gone. These are not "home invasions" where the criminal is armed and holding your family hostage. While those do occur, they are rare. Burglars don't want to get caught--they want to get in and out. They look for homes that are easily entered, and they do not want to draw attention to themselves. To suggest you have a gun at the ready isn't really going to matter if you're not home, is it? Of course, if you leave your gun somewhere easily accessed, what could happen is that the burglar steals it, as well.
Archie Bunker January 29, 2013 at 02:28 PM
You can either own a gun for defensive purposes, or you can beg for mercy.
Jim Flynn January 29, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Frankly, it doesn't have to be easily accessible. If you arent home, the burglar may have the ability to break into your gun safe and steal those guns anyway. For those of you who have never been the victim of a burglary, it's a pretty ugly situation when you get home from work; most of your house has been ripped apart including locked cabinets
Jim Sullivan January 29, 2013 at 04:01 PM
John, thanks for your reply, but have I suggested I have a gun at the ready? I’d rather not validate that suggestion for obvious reasons. To your larger point, after Cheshire, you had better be darned sure no one, armed or not, is home…”Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 53a-100(aa) now makes it a Class A felony to commit a burglary and attempt to or actually commit a felony against a person present in the dwelling. The second element of the new law is a distinction that allows for a far more severe burglary-related penalty of 25 years to life, with a mandatory minimum of 10 years of incarceration.” Although I’m sure unarmed is still preferred. I still would like some details about these robberies. I like guessing games, but not about this kind of stuff.
Bruce B. January 29, 2013 at 06:41 PM
You are absolutely right John. Most robberies happen during the day and assaults -like the Petit family in Chesire for instance- are rare, thank God. It is still prudent to advise people to be careful and aware. Jim, If you own a gun you are responsible for it. That means it is a crime to leave it where it can be accessed by anyone else. If you put it in a drawer, or in a small safe that can be easily broken into or easily carried away, you as the gun owner are held responsible. Any firearms should be locked in a true gun safe, which is large and heavy. And even then, you are responsible for the keys and who has access. Specifically, the law reads "Criminally negligent storage of a firearm is a class D felony." (Sec.52a-217a) I would encourage those interested in learning more about CT State law regarding firearms to see the website below. It might help clear up many of the misconceptions and assumptions that are quite prevalent in recent weeks. http://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/firearms.htm
Bruce B. January 29, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Richard, You make a good point about the weapons of years back being primitive & slow as compared to today's. They were on the cutting edge at the time. Unfortunately that means today's firearms will be primitive & slow in the relative future. But this article is about helping the town prevent and catch criminals. Who here is hysterical? Let's review: The First Selectman asks people to help the police and take some precautions. Someone adds:"Those who have defensive weapons should be sure they are readily available, whether they are at home or returning home." Some responses "That is a ridiculous and irresponsible comment. Lets not encourage absolute unnecessary violence. Really shame on you." "Come out from under the bed. Get a dog. It used to be the Russians are coming get a gun, lock and load, ..You are either entertaining us with weak comedy, frightened to the point of needing therapeutic invention," "Shockingly irresponsible.." "And encouraging citizens to take the law into their own hands... Really I am stunned by his comments." "I don't know what's going on here in our little family community....seems like more Republican extremism " and so on and so forth. Please direct me to something I have said which you find hysterical. Because we all -whether we like it or not - have a little bias and tend to not hold ourselves to the same standard we hold others to.
Redding January 29, 2013 at 07:19 PM
In my former life I represented a number of these criminals in their various legal exploits. Consider that the overwhelming majority of these cases involved children, teens really, who live in the neighborhood and may be your kids friends. They come over to your house for a party or to see your kid, see something they like and for whatever reason decide they are going to steal it. They will break in, make lots of noise, do stupid things (putting the lights on, opening the fridge) and generally draw attention without knowing it to themselves. They are fearful but impulsive and hellbent to get that stereo or bicycle and will "run" if they suspect anyone is around, also making lots of noise as they leave. They make great targets for those of you with guns.
Redding January 29, 2013 at 08:01 PM
I recall the woman who fired a full magazine at her kids best friend-and missed because she kept her eyes closed-she didn't want to see the intruder shot (she missed) and there was the parent who shot (they didn't miss) their adult son who was drunk and came over to "sleep it off." Most often it was the gun owner shooting themselves. Real criminals don't show up when you're there. It's simple-case the house, call to see when you're there, get in, get out, fence the goods, buy drugs, etc. Your Facebook and your kids social media gives them the keys to the kingdom. Real criminals don't show up when you're there. It's simple-case the house, watch the patterns, call to see when you're there, get in, get out, fence the goods, buy drugs, etc. You only hear about the most sensational cases-your chances for getting the plague are better than being burglarized. They may look to see if you/yours use Facebook and other social media. That gives them the keys to your kingdom. That you have been sold on "the Second Amendment gives me..." is proof that you don't know what you're doing; you believe the garbage the NRA, TV and video games/movies are spewing and you are or may be an accident (or worse) waiting to happen. I've never seen so many experts on the Constitution-it's inspiring!? In my next life I want to own a gun shop, buy lots of stock in a firearms company or maybe be a psychiatrist. I could come back as the head of the NRA. He makes a million dollars a year but that hair- no way.
Joey January 30, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Why is the article written in such a half-ass manner? Its basically one sentence of information: "Since Jan. 1, burglars have struck 8 times, primarily on the west side of Town, stretching throughout the Long Hill section and into parts of Tashua, " Why no details? Which streets? Main streets or side streets? What time are they occurring? What was taken? Was anyone home? Any witnesses? Any leads? How was entry gained? Unlocked doors? Garage? Forced entry? Window? Have the TPD checked for fingerprints on door knobs or inside the homes? Any foot prints in the snow? Maybe if the towns taxpayers were provided details instead of half ass information we could help piece the puzzle together or provide some clues or better prepare. Instead of you people in the comments spewing about guns and how to be coward in case of a burglary while you're home why dont you ALL COME TOGETHER and DEMAND the DETAILS of these burglaries from the TPD? Everyone these days is all about their entitled opinion and who is right and who is wrong. The time you waste debating each other on a forum is pathetic. Nothing gets accomplished and we still have no information pertaining to the burglaries. No one seems to want to do the leg work and get answers. To prove I am useful here is a valuable preparation tip to catch the thiefs in the event you're not home: Invest in home camera system. They are quite inexpensive these days (cheaper than an alarm system). Google them instead of posting on facebook.
Aaron Leo (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Joey, I did call the police for this story. Their response is the information released as you saw.
Joey January 30, 2013 at 04:31 PM
thanks Aaron. I appreciate you passing it along to the residents of Trumbull. Maybe you should have also added in the article that the TPD will not release any details instead of leaving us hanging (in a sense). From our standpoint we don't know whether the lack of details stems from the editor or police. My next question for anyone that can provide valuable insight: Why hasn't the TPD released any details? If it was someone getting pulled over for drunk driving, a bar fight, domestic dispute or other embarrassing arrest we would have their whole life story revealed in detail so everyone can spread the news around town.
Joey January 30, 2013 at 10:32 PM
looks like the article has now been updated to reflect the points i made above in the comments. I'd just like that to be known before someone else chimes in here and accuses me of not reading before I post.
Sad Dem January 31, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Tom Kelly has a clearly unhealthy obsession with our first selectman. Its scary.
Tom Kelly January 31, 2013 at 04:35 AM
I believe our town would be better served with another leader, but I am polite and respectful in everything I say, and I will not be discouraged from commenting on town politics because anonymous posters try to cast me in a negative light. I give my best to my town every single day.
Walt January 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Oh my god, there's been eight whole burglaries in town! Was anyone hurt? Did they break in when people were home? That does it, I'm getting two AR-15's, one each for my wife and I! I'll riddle anyone that comes near my door and ask questions later! Obviously no one has been hurt or we'd have heard about it. Check the absentee list at the high school on the days of the burglaries for a pattern.

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