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Crime Update

Vandalism Arrest

On 07/02/17 at approximately 0315 hours Trooper Londono #533 was dispatched to a suspicious incident that had occurred in the parking lot located at the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Pawnee Road in Middlefield CT. The complainant stated that a few individuals had vandalized some vehicles, and left in a flat bed pick-up truck. The complainant stated he was currently following the accused vehicle on Powder Hill Road heading towards Route 157 into the Town of Durham. State Police Troopers located the accused vehicle near the intersection of Powder Hill Road and Route 157. The operator, 18 year old Patrick R. Rioux , Cromwell CT, and the two juvenile passengers who were also in the vehicle, confessed to committing these acts of vandalism and were arrested.

During the investigation, Troopers discovered numerous damaged mailboxes and vehicles belonging to Durham & Middlefield residents. Rioux and the juveniles stated that they damaged the mailboxes and vehicles utilizing a baseball bat. Rioux is scheduled for arraignment at Middletown Superior Court on 07/18/17. The two juveniles are also scheduled to appear at Middletown Juvenile Court. All were charged with Criminal Mischief.

Illegal Fireworks Arrest

 On 07/04/2017 at approximately 9:03pm, State Police Troopers from Troop-F responded to 26 Pine Ledge Trail in Durham, after receiving reports of a large fireworks display. Upon arrival, Troopers observed and discovered approximately $20,000 worth of exploded and unexploded illegal fireworks. Subsequently, Troopers arrested Theodore Lynch, age 50, of that address, and charged him with violation of Connecticut General Statue’s
1. (29-357) Illegal Possession of Fireworks.
2. (53a-63) Reckless Endangerment Second Degree.
3. (53a-182) Breach of Peace.
Due to the large amounts of illegal fireworks, the State Police Emergency Services Unit were also summoned to the scene to collect and dispose of the illegal fireworks.
Lynch was released after posting a $10,000 surety bond, for a scheduled court appearance at Middletown Superior Court on 07/19/2017 for said charges.

Residential Burglary Update

On November 4, 2016 Troopers from Troop F, arrested Peter Ezold, 32 of Guilford CT on an active arrest warrant for a residential burglary that occurred in the Town of Durham. Ezold was identified thru surveillance photos that captured him committing this crime. Ezold was charged with violation of Connecticut General Statue’s

1. Burglary 3rd
2. Criminal Mischief 2nd
3. Larceny in the Third Degree

Ezold could not post a court set bond of $7,500 and is scheduled for a court appearance at Middletown Superior Court on 11/07/16. Case Closed by Arrest.

Residential Burglary Alert

On Wednesday September 14, 2016 Troop F personnel responded to 493 Haddam Quarter Road, Durham for a residential burglary.  Entry was gained by cutting the front window screen and pushing thru an air conditioning unit.  This crime occurred between the hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Bria #1225, at Troop F at 860-399-2100.  All calls will be kept confidential.

Residents are reminded to immediately report and suspicious vehicles or persons to Troop F at 860-399-2100.  As a reminder remember to lock your vehicles at all times, as thefts from within motor vehicles are continuing throughout the State of Connecticut.   

Vandalism Complaint

On Tuesday May 3, 2016, Durham Resident State Trooper TFC Morello, began a criminal investigation into a vandalism complaint located at 285 Maiden Lane, (Camp Farnam). The complainant stated sometime over the last week an unknown person(s) entered the campgrounds and caused extensive damage to the buildings, plumbing, fencing and pavilion belonging to Camp Farnam. Some of the buildings that are located on the campgrounds were also broken into and vandalized. Damage was estimated to be approximately $10,000.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact, TFC Morello #981 at 860-399-2100 or e-mail at Larry.Morello@ct.gov. All calls will be kept confidential.

Durham Fair Vandalism Update

On Feb 23, 2016, Durham Resident State Trooper TFC Morello began a criminal investigation into a burglary and vandalism complaint at the Durham Fair grounds Co-Op building. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the Co-Op building had sustained approximately $1000 in damages. Through information received in the course of this investigation, nine (9) juveniles were identified as being involved in this crime. These juveniles confessed to their involvement in this incident and each was referred to the local Juvenile Review Board for a hearing.
The purpose and goal of the Juvenile Review Hearing is to serve as an advocate for youth and to provide an alternative to Juvenile Court for juveniles who have committed minor criminal violations in Middlesex County. The goal is to provide a plan for each individual by utilizing community programs, services, and other resources which will effectively deal with that particular incident, will assist in positive asset development, and encourage responsible behavior.

Property Damage to Durham Fair Food Booth 

The Office of the Durham Resident State Trooper is investigating a burglary/ property damage to a food booth located on the Durham Fair grounds.
This crime occurred sometime between mid January and was discovered on 02/21/16 by grounds crew members. Entry was made thru a side door leading into the attic. There was damage reported to the ceiling sheet rock and items were scattered throughout the interior of the building. Approximately $1000 of damage to the building was reported.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham resident state trooper, TFC Morello at 860-399-2100 or e-mail at larry.morello@ct.gov ref case # 16-00104463.

All reported information will remain confidential.

Narcotics Overdose Investigation Arrest

On September 30, 2015 the Office of the Durham Resident State Trooper, initiated an investigation in the town of Durham involving an individual who was discovered deceased as a result of an apparent narcotic related overdose. That further investigation into this incident resulted in medical verification that the cause of death was, in fact, narcotic overdose.

Several individuals in this investigation were interviewed as well as locating physical evidence in an effort to locate where and from whom the narcotics came from. As a result of investigative efforts, Joann Tancreto DOB: 05/17/56 of Northford was identified as a suspect in this case who had supplied the deceased individual with narcotics.

An arrest warrant application for Tancreto was applied for, and that arrest warrant was granted by the Middletown Superior Court for her arrest.

Joann Tancreto was arrested on Tuesday February 23, 2016 at the Troop F, Westbrook Barracks. She was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond for a court appearance in the Middletown Superior Court on March 9, 2016.

Arrested: Joann Tancreto DOB: 05/17/56 (59 years old)
108 Long Pond Road
Northford, CT

Charges: 1. Illegal Sale/Delivery of Narcotics
2. False Statement 2nd Degree


On Dec. 16, 2015, The Office of the Durham Resident State Trooper began a criminal investigation complaint about counterfeit money being passed. A manager at the Citizens Bank-Durham branch office identified a counterfeit $100 bill that was being deposited by a former Dine-In Durham restaurant staff worker. Working with the U.S. Secret Service, two suspects were identified in the crime.

Arrested on Feb 10, 2016 were:
Lisaann U. Siena, 40, 44 Marlborough St., Portland, charged with first-degree forgery and second-degree false statement.

Akira Aurora Amill, 40, 38 LaSalle St., New Britain, charged with conspiracy to commit forgery first-degree.

Both were arrested at their homes, and held on a $5,000 bond for an appearance in Middletown Superior Court on Feb. 10 2016.

Troop F, Westbrook
News Release

Date of Arrest: Friday January 22, 2016

On June 29, 2015 at approximately 0146 hours Connecticut State Police Troop F, Westbrook Barracks and State Police Major Crime Detectives initiated an investigation into a robbery reported to have occurred at the Valero Fas Mart located at 384 Main Street in the town of Durham.

During the course of this investigation physical evidence was recovered and leads were pursued which led State Police Detectives to identify a suspect in this case. Nathan Doran DOB: 10/04/89 of 54 East Ramsdell Road in New Haven was identified as the individual who committed this robbery. As a result of the investigative efforts by State Police Detectives, an arrest warrant was approved for the arrest of Nathan Doran DOB: 10/04/89 for his actions in this robbery.

On January 22, 2016 at 1000 hours State Troopers served an active arrest warrant on Nathan Doran DOB: 10/04/89, charging him with Robbery in the second degree and Larceny in the fourth degree. Nathan Doran was processed by Troopers at the Middletown Superior Court and held in the custody of the Department of Correction.

Arrested: Nathan Doran DOB: 10/04/89 (26 years old)
54 East Ramsdell Road
New Haven, CT

Charges: Robbery 2nd Degree Larceny 4th Degree