The Woodbury Police Department believes a recent rash of burglaries in town are mostly directly related to – and maybe all – to that opioid epidemic.
“There has definitely been an upswing in vehicles being gone into and pocket books and other effects being taken,” said Connecticut State Police Resident State Trooper Joseph Roden. “We’re just asking people to make sure they are locking their doors.”
Two of the most-recent burglaries happened last week. A residence on Upper Grassy Hill Road was broken into at 1:21 p.m. on August 21, though nothing was reported stolen during the burglary.
Later that night, or possibly in the early hours of August 22, Barnhill Road resident said her car was broken into during the night. A wallet containing $300 in cash had been taken, according to the police report.
Roden said these break-ins and burglaries can be considered crimes of opportunities.
“Most of them, if not all of them, tie back to the drug epidemic we are facing,” Roden said. “The cases that we currently have suspects on, that seems to be the common denominator. They do have a substance abuse problem, and are using the proceeds they steal from cars to further their drug habit.”