Neighbor Interupts Candlewood Lake Rd Burglary

One suspect in custody, the other still at large.

An attentive neighbor stopped a burglary in progress last week, though police are still searching for one of the two accomplices and undisclosed goods taken from the home.

Brookfield Police were dispatched to a burglary in progress at 150 Candlewood Lake Road on May 30 after receiving reports from an alert neighbor who interrupted the crime, causing the criminals to flee. According to the vigilant citizen, two Hispanic males fled the house, one to their vehicle parked across the street and the other on foot into a wooded area behind the house.

Upon arrival, police were provided a detailed description of the two men that exited the house and were able to track the one suspect through the woods.

Police apprehended Michael Vargas, 23, of East Liberty Street, Waterbury, approximately half a mile from the scene. Vargas was taken into custody after Brookfield’s K9 Bruno confirmed the track that he took from the residence to the place he was captured.

Police were unable to locate the second suspect, however they are following “several solid leads," according to the investigating officer, Michael Zezza, and are in the process of identifying him and, hopefully, recovering the stolen goods.


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“This is an ongoing investigation,” Maj. James Purcell explained, adding that there was no evidence at this time linking Vargas and his accomplice to , but that the department was “not ruling it out.”

Vargas was arrested twice in 2007 on charges of burglary in the third degree and was sentenced to five years in prison, with the sentences suspended after 10 months and one year, respectively, and three years of probation. He was also charged with escaping custody (a Class C felony) in 2008 and sentenced to one year of imprisonment, suspended after five months.

brookfield June 07, 2012 at 10:14 AM
Awesome neighbor! Great police work!
Bill Tinsley June 07, 2012 at 12:16 PM
What great work and attention given to this by the BPD...and with the help of our local volunteer firemen! Burglars beware!...this should be a strong signal for them that Brookfield is off limits!
mike murphy June 07, 2012 at 12:29 PM
now that's how you stop crime! alert neighbors who are not afraid to get involved, thank you for being so civil minded and a tipof my hat to you
BuckWheat June 07, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Always question a strange car in your neighborhood. Take a picture of the license place with your phone, most phones have a camera, call the police and have them stop by. Certain area's are very easy access from the highway, criminals want an easy path out. If you don't know who is in your neighborhood, question everything.
Michelle June 07, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Awesome neighbor! That is amazing and so brave to do so. Dear Brookfield neighbor, I commend you for your courage and great work! Excellent Police work! Well done!!
Dave Abernethy June 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Gee, if he had been kept in jail for his whole sentence---where would he have been?
Watchfull June 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM
It appears to me that too few of the break ins and robberys in town ever make the news. Why is this? We should all be made aware of threats in our community.
Ray DiStephan June 07, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Don't mess with Bruno!
Steven DeVaux June 08, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Watchfull, A concern should be that the crime wasn't locally sourced, but rather drawn from 30 miles away. Is that an indication that the criminal element has Brookfield "go-to" reputation? Is it time that neighborhood watch associations assist in keeping eyes on neighborhoods. What Bruno did was exemplary. It should be widened. Gated communities are a good step in the right direction for citizens to protect their property. Perhaps the time has come in Brookfield to embrace the idea.
Susan Balla June 08, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Before this happened we had someone look at the property across from us and they looked at our house. The other property was just down the road from the break in and we are across from the property that this person was looking at. We told our neighbor to call the police if they see this individual casing homes. They said it looked like a hispanic person but could not be sure. We need to have neighborhood watches.
Steven DeVaux June 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
One proven way criminals case a house is when people hold Open Houses. It's like a blueprint on steriods for a burgular. When selling, don't run the risk.
Michael L. Zezza June 11, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Don't run the risk of what? These criminals don't have enough energy to get JOBS! They are not casing open houses.
Michael L. Zezza June 11, 2012 at 04:27 AM
They aren't casing anything!
Alana hoar June 15, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Easy does it Mr. Zessa!
Bobby Caselnova June 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Nice, for once the K9 was used for a good purpose instead of searching for "useable amounts" of marijuana in the cars of local teenagers! Good job to all of the officers involved in getting Mr. Vargas (I have to bite my tongue when I talk about him since I'm on the patch). I hope his good-for-nothing friends get caught too, except I'd like to get my hands on them before the cops do. Vargas has it easy right now, if this happened in my neighborhood and I was the one who stopped him, he might have had some 00 buckshot flying in his direction.
Michael L. Zezza August 01, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Aaron Boyd (Editor) August 01, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Hey Mike, Here's the story on the second arrest: http://patch.com/A-v8KZ.


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