Cops catch accused repeat chainsaw thief
WASHINGTON — One Washington man couldn’t keep a hold of his chainsaws.
Two were stolen from his Sunny Ridge Road home in August 2015, but with no leads the case went cold. Then in April, his replacement chainsaw was stolen, and after a search of a pawn shop database, police say they got the repeat thief.
Bruce Brown, 26, appeared in state Superior Court in Bantam last Tuesday charged with two felony third-degree burglary charges, and two misdemeanor larceny charges stemming from two sticky-fingered stops at a Washington man’s detached garage.
Brown, of New Milford, is accused of sneaking off from his landscaping job and stealing chainsaws, pawning them, and then —a year later — coming back and doing it again, police said.
According to court documents, Brown told police it all started when he wondered “if they have anything good in that garage.”
Brown was arrested July 14, and he promptly admitted that he stole the chainsaws, documents said.
Brown was released on a combined $7,500 bond, his next court hearing is Oct. 6.
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