Suspect in Custody In String of Church Burglaries

| February 4, 2012

An alert Wethersfield man helped on Friday police nab the person police suspect may have been responsible for 13 church burglaries in the Hartford area since mid-January.

The suspect, Jackie Barry, 46, of Hartford, was spotted peering into the windows of a resident's home, Wethersfield police Chief James Cetran said. Barry moved on, but the resident kept an eye on him and saw him head toward the First Church of Christ at 250 Main St. in Old Wethersfield.

Cetran said it took officers a while to find Barry, but when they did he had items from the church in his possession. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal trespass. Barry remains in custody on $5,000 bail.

"We got him pretty cold on this one," Cetran said. "It's just a matter of the detectives … seeing if we can make a case against him for the other burglaries. We do not know at this point in time whether he is the church burglar. We suspect he is but I cannot say he is."

Police in the communities where churches were burglarized met Thursday at West Hartford police headquarters to compare notes. Just a few hours later, Wethersfield officers arrested Barry.

West Hartford Assistant Chief Joseph LaSata confirmed Friday that the man arrested in Wethersfield is a suspect in the West Hartford church burglaries and that detectives continue to investigate.

Police had appealed to the public to be alert for people around churches. Cetran praised the citizen who spotted Barry and called police.

 

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