Suspect in burglary spree nabbed by police in Norwich

Kenneth W. Donahue
Kenneth W. Donahue Norwich Police Department

Norwich — Following two separate reports of burglaries at occupied homes on Friday, police say they captured a man who is a suspect in a spree of daytime burglaries.

Kenneth W. Donahue, 23, of 27 Greene Ave., Apt. 1, Norwich, faces numerous charges after police said he first forced his way into a Greene Avenue home Friday morning, where he was scared away by the homeowner.

Moments later, police said they received a separate burglary report at a residence on Fountain Street occupied by three young children and a teenager. After the burglar forced his way in, police said the teenager woke up to the sound of dogs barking and confronted the burglar at her bedroom door.

After fleeing through several neighboring yards, police said Donahue was captured on Cedar Street.

During his arrest, police said Donahue was in possession of several items reported stolen from the earlier burglaries. Police also discovered that Donahue was wanted for failure to appear in court on a prior motor vehicle charge.

Donahue faces three counts of risk of injury to a minor, two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of attempted sixth-degree larceny, two counts of disorderly conduct, second-degree failure to appear in court and third-degree criminal mischief. Donahue was held in lieu of a total of $77,500 in bonds and is scheduled to appear Aug. 12 in Norwich Superior Court.

The investigation into recent home burglaries in the Norwich area continues, and police said further arrests are anticipated.

Norwich police remind residents to lock their windows and doors and ensure that their air-conditioner units are securely fastened to decrease the likelihood of an intruder. Residents are also reminded to be alert of their surroundings and to not hesitate reporting anything that appears suspicious or unusual.

Anyone with information regarding any burglaries or other criminal activity in the City of Norwich is encouraged to call the Norwich Police Department at (860)886-5561, the anonymous tip line at (860)886-5561 ext. 500 or to email

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