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Waterbury man arrested on burglary charges

December 20, 2018

WESTPORT — A Waterbury man is facing burglary and reckless driving charges after allegedly breaking into a car in Westport and fleeing from police.

Around 3 a.m. on April 30, officers were dispatched to a house on Whitney Street on report of a larceny. The report was called in by a person who was driving and received notification from his home security system of motion detected in his driveway. In viewing his security cameras, the man observed people go through his vehicle, lock and unlock his car, and then enter a car and flee the area, police said.

While responding to the area, an officer observed a gray sedan with three people in it make a right turn off Whitney Street and onto Main Street. When the officer pulled behind the car, the car drove off at a high rate of speed, police said.

The officer attempted to stop the car but it continued onto Compo Road North. The car then drove onto Post Road East, at which time the officer observed a second car behind him that was also involved in the burglary, police said.

During the pursuit, the original suspect car swerved twice at the pursuing officer, forcing him to take evasive action to avoid a collision. The pursuit continued eastbound on Post Road East and then onto Interstate 95 before the chase was terminated due to high speeds, police said.

All occupants of the first suspect car reportedly fled and entered the second car in the area off Exit 30. Officers learned the second car was stolen from another Whitney Street address. The second car was later stopped by State Police near Exit 59 and the driver was identified as Jordan Butler, 19.

Butler and the three juvenile occupants were arrested by state police for the alleged car theft, and their descriptions matched those of the suspects observed on the security video at the Westport man’s home, police said.

Police submitted a warrant for Butler’s arrest and on Dec. 12, Butler was arrested at the state Superior Court of Norwalk. He was charged with third-degree burglary, disobeying the signal of an officer and reckless driving. Butler was additionally charged with attempt to commit burglary and attempt to commit assault on a police officer. Butler was held in lieu of $30,000 bond and arraigned later that day.

svaughan@hearstmediact.com; 203-842-2638; @SophieCVaughan1

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