Westport police today urged residents of the Greens Farms and Easton Road areas to be vigilant in light of recent burglaries.
A police news release did not pinpoint the break-ins, but separate police reports said burglaries, or attempted burglaries occurred Tuesday on West Parish Road, on Friday on Rustic Lane, off Greens Farms Road, and two on Wednesday, Oct. 5 on Easton Road, and Clinton Avenue.
“While these burglaries remain under investigation, we have received additional reports from residents in these areas that suspicious people have knocked on their doors,” said Lt. David Farrell.
“When the resident answers the door, the individuals come up with a fabricated story about an internet posting or a broken down vehicle. These encounters end with the suspicious men leaving the area and police being notified.”
He said police believe that this is a tactic to identify an unoccupied residence.
Farrell said Westport residents should also know that a burglary suspect has been identified and connected to recent burglaries that occurred in town.
“That suspect is in custody for crimes that occurred in other jurisdictions and has confessed to recent burglaries that occurred in Westport,” he said. “Arrest warrants are pending and the investigation is ongoing.”
Farrell added that the Detective Bureau is actively working with other local communities experiencing similar incidents in an attempt to identify and apprehend those responsible for the most recent burglaries.
“We request all Westport residents to remain alert to their surroundings and call the Westport Police should anything seem out of place or suspicious,” he said. “We are asking anyone who may have information pertaining to these recent incidents to contact the Westport Police Department Detective Bureau at (203)341-6080.”