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Cops: New Year’s Eve Burglar Caught

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Kenneth Nichols: held in lieu of $50,000 bond. Westport Police photo

Westport Police tonight arrested a Southport man for burglary following a pursuit after residents reported they had returned home to find an unknown intruder inside their home, police said.

“Once confronted, the suspect left the residence without incident,” said Lt. Ryan Paulsson. He said the incident occurred about 4:45 p.m. at a residence near Post Road East and the Sherwood Island Connector.

“A description of the suspect was obtained and given out to responding units,” Paulsson said

“Shortly afterwards, an officer observed a person fitting the description driving a black pickup truck leaving the immediate area,” he said.

Paulsson said the suspect vehicle attempted to ram pursuing officers prior to merging onto I-95 North.  He said the suspect did not make contact with a cruiser but one was forced off Post Road East at Hillspoint Road.

State Police officers were made aware of the pursuit, and assisted by Bridgeport, and Stratford Police departments, a Stratford officer apprehended Kenneth E. Nichols, 50, after he rand from his vehicle in the area of Cambridge Street in Stratford, police said.

According to Paulsson, Westport officers responded to the scene, taking custody of Nichols, transporting him back to Westport.

Police charged Nichols with second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal attempt at assault, engaging police in pursuit and reckless driving.

He is being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 11.

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