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Norwalk Police: Burglars Nabbed, Thanks to Tip

NORWALK, Conn. – A getaway car – a dump truck – circled a Norwalk neighborhood last week as Norwalk police were lying in wait outside a South Norwalk home, ready to capture two men who had gone inside, according to Sgt. Lisa Cotto.

Police suspected the men had entered the home to burglarize it, and indeed, they came out carrying a bag of loot that they dropped and ran as police approached. They got away, but not for long. Police arrested three suspects in the burglary Monday.

Police received a tip Dec. 4 that someone would break into an Oak Street home and take a television, and Detectives Louie Giannattasio and Ryan Evarts were in the area. Just before 10 p.m., a white dump truck pulled up and two men wearing hoodies got out and went to the home. The detectives thought it was odd a dump truck would be circling the neighborhood, where there was no construction, at that time of night and called for patrol cars, according to Lt. Tim Murphy, commander of the detective bureau. But before more officers arrived, the two men came out of the home carrying an Emerson flat-screen television, a Garmin GPS, a Sony PlayStation 3 video game console, video games, small speakers and movies in a bag.

Detectives got out of their car and the suspects dropped the items and ran, Cotto said. The truck driver fled without his friends. A police officer chased the truck but lost it on Soundview Avenue. Detectives lost the suspects as well.

Canine officers joined the search to no avail, but police found the truck on Arbor Drive.

The homeowner said he knew the men, Cotto said. The door jamb on the home was damaged.

After an investigation, all three suspects were arrested on a warrant at about 4:30 p.m. Monday without incident, Murphy said.

Jeffrey Dezso, 21, and Christopher Dezso, 18, brothers who live at 24 Arbor Drive, and a 17-year-old boy were arrested. Jeffrey Dezso was charged with third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary and fourth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and held on $25,000 bond. Christopher Dezso was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary, fourth-degree larceny, fourth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, second-degree criminal mischief and second-degree conspiracy to commit criminal mischief. Bond was set at $75,000.

The 17-year-old suspect was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree conspiracy to commit burglary, fourth-degree larceny, fourth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and youthful offender.

All three suspects have been arrested in the past, Murphy said. They are being investigated for other burglaries with a similar method.

The truck is owned by Javier Landscaping of Howard Avenue. Murphy said it hadn't been stolen and thought the men were employees.

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