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Friday, November 27, 2015

Burglary Suspect Busted for Bicycle, Handgun Theft

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Devon Groomes: held on $200,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Following a lengthy Detective Bureau investigation,Westport officers arrested a New Haven man Tuesday in connection with separate home and motor vehicle burglaries in which a bicycle and a handgun were stolen, police said today.

He is being held in lieu of bonds totaling $200,000.

According to Capt. Samuel Arciola, Devon Groomes, 34, was arrested on a warrants in Norwalk Superior Court where he was being held on other charges.

Arciola said the arrest stems in part from an investigation into a residential burglary on Woodside Avenue July 21.

“The victim had reported that his garage was entered and a bicycle was stolen,” Arciola said.

At the time of that report, the bicycle had already been recovered on a property off Partrick Lane and turned over to Police Department, he said.

Groomes was also charged with the July 24 theft of a handgun from a motor vehicle parked in a Wilton Road driveway. Entered as stolen into a database, the gun was recovered by the Bridgeport Police Department investigating a robbery in which arrests were made, Arciola said.

“While each of the crimes were reported to be days apart, the Westport Police Department Detective Bureau, through its investigation, was able to determine that the crimes occurred during the overnight hours on July 18, 2015,” Arciola said.

He said information from interviews of other individuals arrested and the cell phone data obtained through search warrants resulted in the arrest warrants.

Arciola said Westport officers are working closely with the New Canaan and Darien Police departments investigating a number of motor vehicle burglaries, which occurred in the early summer through October.

“In a number of these cases, the credit cards of the victims were used in Connecticut communities and are still part of an ongoing investigation,” he said.

For the bicycle theft, Groomes was charged with fifth-degree larceny, and his bond was set at $25,000, which he did not post. He also did not post a $175,000 bond on the charges of third-degree burglary from a motor vehicle, stealing a firearm and criminal possession of a pistol or revolver. He was arraigned at the time of his arrest and has been remanded to the Bridgeport Correctional Center.

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