Car thieves, burglars hit Berlin over weekend

Published on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 22:48
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - Two cars were stolen and several others broken into over the weekend, according to Deputy Police Chief Chris Ciuci.

A 2007 Gold Honda Pilot was reported stolen from Penny Brook Lane between 11 and 11:30 Sunday night.

West Hartford police spotted the vehicle near the Bloomfield line but lost it, said Ciuci.

The car was then spotted near New Britain High School. As Berlin police were on the way to the scene, they saw it in the McDonald’s parking lot on New Britain Road.

Two men were seen in the car, Ciuci said, which took off toward New Britain, and Berlin police did not pursue it.

Once it was clear the Pilot was the car the police were after, the suspects had taken off and Berlin police didn’t want to put civilians in danger with a pursuit, Ciuci said.

The car was then found near Maple Street by New Britain police, Ciuci said.

Another car, from Terry Road, was reported stolen on Sunday night, Ciuci said. It was recovered on Lower Lane, Ciuci said.

Ciuci said the owners of both vehicles told police the doors had been locked.

Car break-ins were reported Sunday night on Fernstead Lane, Renee Drive, Highview Terrace and the 900 Farmington Ave. block, Ciuci said.

On Friday night into Saturday morning, thefts occurred on Stockings Brook Road, Warner Road, Heaven Hill Road and Glenbrook Road, Ciuci said.

Ciuci said if anyone sees any suspicious activity in their neighborhood to call the police immediately, not wait until the following day . The police can be reached at 860-828-7080.

“We need the residents of this town to be our partners,” said Ciuci. “There’s a lot more residents than police officers, so we need their help in catching them do this stuff.”

Locking cars, removing valuables from them and not leaving keys in the car are other tips Ciuci said residents should follow.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 23 January 2018 22:48. Updated: Tuesday, 23 January 2018 22:50.