As police describe it, Jamal Hill must have been the hardest-working burglar in Norwalk. The 22-year-old Baxter Drive resident, now residing in the police lockup, has been charged with a string of break-ins and is being held on a $20,000 bond.
Hill was so busy he even left a stolen television in his front yard, hidden in a black trash bag behind the bushes, police said. They say he also used a stolen credit card to board Metro North, make a purchase at a Foot Locker in Stamford, and eat at Burger King in Norwalk.
Hill was arrested on Oct. 18 and charged with two burglaries. But that was just the beginning. Hill was taken to Norwalk Courthouse Wednesday to be charged in an Oct. 8 burglary on Sable Street, an Oct. 12 burglary on West Cedar Street, and an Oct. 15 burglary of one of his Baxter Drive neighbors.
The Tag Heuer watch Hill was wearing on Oct. 18? Police say it belongs to the resident of the first floor Sable Street apartment. The victim came home to find his dresser drawers open and his wall mounted 32-inch flat screen TV gone. The tally of stolen goods included a Wii system, DVDs, an iPhone, cufflinks, a lockbox, a passport and up to $1,500 in cash.
Coming home to find the front door open, the Cedar Street victim first noticed that his couch cushions had been moved; then he realized that the kitchen drawers had been pulled out and dumped. Missing were a 22-inch flat screen television, a laptop computer, a diamond ring, video game systems, and the credit card used at Burger King.
Hill's neighbor was notified of the break-in by police, who found her rear slider door smashed and an 8-inch wide rock under the kitchen table. Police went to the neighborhood to investigate reports of two suspicious teens who were carrying a television as they walked down the street; when they dropped it, they ran away, only to be apprehended later while riding a taxi. They were each charged with burglary and conspiracy; police allege that they were Hill's partners in that robbery.
Hill was charged Wednesday with four counts of larceny, four counts of burglary and one count of conspiracy.
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