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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On ‘Smash and Grabs,’ Cops Work with Other Towns

By James Lomuscio

Westport police say they are working with other communities that have experienced similar “smash and grab” burglaries like the ones that occurred at Mitchells of Westport early Tuesday morning and eight days earlier.

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The smashed window at Mitchells following Tuesday’s pre-dawn break-in. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

The latest break-in reported at 5 a.m netted an undetermined number of handbags and leather belts from the upscale clothier at 670 Post Road East, police said.

Capt. Sam Arciola said the earlier Feb. 19 robbery had a similar modus operandi, making it highly probable that the same individuals were involved. Now, the department is working with other, undisclosed communities that have experienced similar “smash and grabs,” he said.

“We have two burglaries that we think with high probability are linked, and we’re working with other jurisdictions that have been affected by these crimes,” said Arciola.

The Mitchells’ burglaries are similar in that a burglar or burglars smashed out a front 5- by 9-foot front window next to the front door to gain access to steal handbags.

In Tuesday’s burglary, the suspects also stole a number of leather belts, Arciola said.

“The value is still to be determined,” he said.

Arciola aid that detectives are reviewing Mitchells’ video surveillance and will release suspect images when available.

“And we’re working with other agencies on this,” he added. “We’re following all possible leads from other communities that have been affected.”

Stressing that the matter is under investigation, Arciola would not name the agencies.

Meanwhile, police early today responded to Mitchells on another burglar alarm. It turned out to be a system maintenance issue, according to reports from the scene.

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