Branford Police Dept. Press Release: Patrol officers were able to capture at least one of two burglary suspects just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday (3/30/14) morning after they removed a safe and detained a delivery man at Dunkin Donuts, 112 North Main Street.
Police responded to the delivery man’s E-911 call after he was released by his captures as they attempted to flee the area.
Sgt. John Alves was in the very immediate area as the E-911 call was received and dispatched. Alves notices a pick-up truck exiting the parking lot directly across from Dunkin Donuts and as he attempted to stop the vehicle two (2) suspects exited the truck, running in opposite directions. Sgt. Alves was able to pursue and capture Rogerio L. Lopes (DOB 5/2/1983) of 433 North Terrace Ave. Mount Vernon, New York.
Police recovered the Donut shop’s stolen safe in the vehicle and cash from the business that had been discarded by Lopes as he fled. The department’s K-9, Neeko, was used to attempt to locate the second suspect, however he was not apprehended after a lengthily search of the area.
Chief Kevin Halloran commented on the arrest, “The officers did an excellent job capturing Rogerio Lopez, and we are grateful the delivery man was released un-harmed. I’m confident that investigators will learn the identity of the second suspect and he will eventually be arrested as well.”
Rogerio Lopes was charged with: Unlawful Restraint, 1st degree, Conspiracy to Commit Unlawful Restraint in the 1st. degree, Burglary, 3rd. degree, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Criminal Mischief, 1st. degree, Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Mischief, 1st. degree, Larceny, 3rd. degree and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny, 3rd. degree. He was held on a $75,000 bond and arraigned in New Haven court this morning.