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    Thursday, April 18, 2024

    Former Glastonbury cop accused of 'serial' burglaries facing two new arrests, prosecutors say

    HARTFORD — Police are expected to serve two additional arrest warrants on Patrick Hemingway, the former Glastonbury police officer accused of being a "serial burglar" throughout the state.

    Hemingway in this initial case is facing multiple counts of computer crime and making false statements, and a judge in State Superior Court in Hartford on Wednesday appointed the public defender's office to represent the former cop, who also worked in New Britain.

    Hemingway, 37, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail in the computer crime case, and on bails totaling more than $100,000 over six other cases, all including burglary and related charges.

    Hartford State's Attorney Sharmese Wolcott said two additional arrest warrants will be served on Hemingway before his case next comes before the court, scheduled for April 2 in Hartford. Hemingway waived his right to be present at that hearing, meaning he will not be transported from the jail to the courthouse.

    Authorities allege Hemingway burglarized numerous businesses after they were closed for the day, sometimes using his Glastonbury police radio to monitor whether other officers were responding.

    Hemingway had been represented previously by South Windsor lawyer James Sulick.

    Judge David P. Gold said in court Wednesday that Sulick had appeared "for bond purposes only." Such representation does not include a commitment to represent a defendant throughout his case.

    Hartford Public Defender Damian Tucker told the judge that Hemingway qualifies for his office's services. A criminal defendant who wants to be represented by a public defender is required to submit financial information showing they cannot afford to hire a private lawyer.

    Hemingway already is represented by a public defender in at least two other cases, in State Superior Court in Middletown.

    In the Hartford case, Hemingway is facing more than 70 counts of third-degree computer crime, each carrying up to 5 years in prison, and more than 25 counts of making false statements, each carrying up to a year behind bars.

    Authorities allege that those crimes occurred from 2019 to 2023.

    Hemingway had resigned from the Glastonbury Police Department at the start of September before his first arrest in the computer crime case.

    In addition to the criminal charges against Hemingway, officials also are seeking decertify him from serving as a police officer.

    Staff Writer Peter Yankowski contributed reporting.

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