North Castle cops: Burglars took advantage of power outages

NEWS12 WESTCHESTER: Two Connecticut men may have broken into 35 businesses during a power outage following Superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 8, 2012)

Two Connecticut men took advantage of the chaos after Hurricane Sandy by breaking into homes and businesses in New York and Connecticut over the past week, the North Castle Police Department said.

The pair is responsible for more than 30 burglaries since the height of the storm, according to North Castle cops, who closed in on the alleged burglars after working with detectives in seven other police departments.

North Castle police picked up 20-year-old Robert M. Smith of Fairfield and 21-year-old John F. Tully of Greenwich on Monday after investigating a break-in at Banksville Lawn Equipment in Bedford.


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“Smith and Tully intentionally targeted vulnerable areas which were without power as a result of ‘Super Storm Sandy’,” North Castle police said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Police did not return several calls on Wednesday and did not offer details on the 30 burglaries. Police didn't elaborate on the accusations, and didn't say what the pair allegedly stole in the break-ins.

Smith and Tully were each charged with a single count of third-degree burglary, a felony. They remained in Westchester County Jail on Wednesday night without the possibility of posting bail.

Neither man had an attorney listed in court records. They're both due back in North Castle Justice Court on Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.
 

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