Local man charged with burglary of two homes on Shelter Drive

A 19-year-old town man is under arrest and being held on a $50,000 bond after allegedly burglarizing two homes on Shelter Drive early Sunday morning.

At approximately 3 a.m. Sunday, multiple police units were dispatched to Shelter Drive when a residential burglary alarm went off. Upon arrival at the residence, officers reportedly found lights on within the home, a rear door forced open and a subject, later identified as Mark Johnson of 150 Cat Rock Road, walking through the residence.

After securing the perimeter, officers entered the home to find Mr. Johnson near the back door and ordered him at gunpoint to stop. Mr. Johnson then allegedly fled from officers and jumped through and broke a double-hung window in the living room.

Once outside, Mr. Johnson attempted to flee from police again but was wrestled to the ground while resisting arrest. After being subdued by officers he was allegedly found in the possession of cash and numerous pieces of jewelry.

A Stamford K9 unit then assisted in the clearing of the home, which was ransacked but unoccupied, and no other suspects were found within.

While police were at the scene, a neighbor of the burglarized home confirmed that a house next door was also unoccupied. Officers allegedly found the rear door of the residence unlocked and with the assistance of the K9 unit determined that the house had been ransacked but unoccupied.

Mr. Johnson was charged with two counts of first degree burglary, two counts of third degree larceny, two counts of first degree criminal mischief and one count of interfering with an officer. He is due in court on Sept. 24.

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