Quechee resident uses infrared camera to capture images of two men he says were breaking into cars
Hartford police are on the hunt for whoever broke into ten or more vehicles in Quechee's Twilight Court and Sunrise Circle neighborhoods early in the morning of Aug. 1.
August Albert thinks he may have the thieves on video.
Albert has two infrared cameras mounted to the outside of his house of Twilight Court, a small neighborhood of modest homes where children's bikes, basketballs and playhouses dot the lawns and spill out into the dead-end street.
Footage from 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 1 appears to show two people, one wearing sneakers that glowed white against the purple-black screen, trying to break into the car of Albert's wife and a truck of a neighbor across the way.
"Two guys, they came across right here and they were trying to get in my wife's car," he says, pointing at the large screen mounted to his living room wall. "See the other guy — they're going to the truck across the street."
Albert said he showed the video to Hartford police, who have warned residents to be on the lookout after the rash of break-ins. Authorities say more than $1,300 in electronics, cash, tools and other valuables were taken.
"Hartford patrol officers and investigators worked most of the morning collecting information from crime victims and processing the vehicles for fingerprint, DNA and other evidence," police said in a press release. They noted they were working with authorities in Weathersfield and Chester to see if thefts there — where the stolen items included a handgun — were related.
Twilight Court residents said Tuesday that town patrol cars have been sweeping the neighborhood at night, and that the families living there are keeping their outside lights on and their car and home doors locked. In a neighborhood that's generally been quiet, they say, the thefts have unsettled them.
"I've lived here six years and this is the first time I've been concerned about people in the neighborhood," said Diane Young, who lives in Twilight Court. "I'm raising my grandchildren and they're scared."
There are no streetlights, she said, providing a cover of darkness for would-be wrongdoers.
"It's extremely dark here at night. You need a flashlight to walk to the neighbor's house," she said. "I have my outside garage light on and I keep it on all night."
Next door, Brian Carbino and his wife are raising five children, ranging in age from nine months to 13 years. Like many of his neighbors, he's thinking of installing cameras to keep an electronic eye out.
Several Twilight Court residents have installed video monitoring cameras to guard against crime
Just a couple of weeks ago, someone scratched the driver and passenger side doors of their Chrysler minivan. He's not sure if the vandalism was related to the vehicle thefts, but it riles him.
"Come on, why would you do that?" he said. "It's not your stuff."
Police have reminded residents to locked their vehicles, roll up the windows and keep valuables inside. Anyone with information about the thefts can contact the Hartford force at: 802-295-9425.