Police dog track leads to cat burglar arrest in Stamford
STAMFORD — A police dog tracking a man who allegedly broke into a South End apartment and assaulted the owner led to the arrest of a city man on felony burglary and assault charges.
Stephan Linton, 48, of Henry Street, was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and attempted sixth-degree larceny. He was held on a $50,000 court appearance bond but was remanded to the custody of the state prison system because he was on parole at the time of his arrest.
According to a press release by patrol Capt. Diedrich Hohn, police were called at 3:26 a.m. Thursday to Henry Street on the report of a cat burglar breaking into an apartment.
An 18-year-old resident told police that he was awoken by a man in his bedroom stealing his money jar. The teenager jumped out of bed and confronted the burglar in the hallway. The burglar threw the ceramic money jar at the teen, causing severe facial injuries, Hohn said.
When others confronted him, he attacked the other occupants and fled, escaping the apartment through the kitchen window he entered moments before. Officer Dave Dogali and his K-9 Bobi were called to the home and began a track for the suspect. As officers started following the track toward Atlantic Street, they saw a man fitting the description of the burglar.
When the man, identified by police as Linton, saw police he began running down Henry Street and was apprehended in front of 79 Henry Street. Linton also lives on Henry Street.
Linton was then identified by the teenaged burglary victim as the man who broke into his home.
Hohn commended the teen’s bravery after his ordeal.
“A nighttime burglary is usually one of the most serious incidents we respond to since there is a high likelihood of confrontation between a resident and the person committing the crime,” Hohn said.