Police find lot of stolen lawn equipment, power tools

Residents hoping to retrieve items stolen from their sheds or garages in the past two weeks may be in luck. Milford police say they have located a cache of stolen power tools and yard equipment in New Haven.

Following two arrests Wednesday, Nov. 30, the Milford Police Department executed search warrants in New Haven that led to the recovery of numerous items that had been stolen from sheds and garages in Milford over the past two weeks. The items are believed to also be linked to burglaries in West Haven, New Haven, North Haven, Orange and Branford, police said.

Police came upon the burglary suspects early in the morning on Nov. 30 when they were dispatched to the area of Beaverbrook Road and Naugatuck Avenue in Milford on the report of people loading equipment into a van. Officers responded to the area and observed the van heading south on Naugatuck Avenue towards Bridgeport Avenue.

Milford police tried to stop the vehicle on Bridgeport Avenue but it continued, eventually getting onto I-95 North. Shortly after getting on the highway, the vehicle spun out, striking a guardrail and a police vehicle. Three occupants ran from the car, police said.

Milford Police Officer Sean Degnan, with help from his K-9 Diesel, located two of them: Kelvin Quintero, 20, and Noel Figueroa-Flores, 20, both of 157 Chapel Street, New Haven. The two were taken into custody, while a third suspect remained at large.

In addition to the items being recovered, the third suspect that got away has been identified and more arrest warrants are pending, police said

Anyone who believes they are a victim of these burglaries should contact their local police department. In Milford, the number is 203-878-6551.