Police nab Southport burglar

Police arrested Jorge Valdes on charges of a residential burglary in Southport Friday.

Police arrested Jorge Valdes on charges of a residential burglary in Southport Friday.

On Friday, Nov. 21, police arrested Jorge Valdes, 51, of Shelton, after pulling him over on I-95 near the Westport line. Valdes was charged with burglary, larceny and possession of burglar’s tools.

Police had received a call at about 2:15 p.m. from a King’s Drive, Southport resident who as she pulled into her driveway with her children noticed damage to the back door of her house, then an opened door, and then a man inside the home.

The woman immediately backed down the driveway and called police, who arrived shortly after the intruder had driven away in a red pick-up truck. The homeowner gave police the license plate number of the intruder’s vehicle along with a description of the man, his truck, and the direction he had driven in.

Police quickly caught up with the suspect on the highway and, after stopping him, saw burglar’s tools in the truck. The homeowner identified the driver, Valdes, as the alleged intruder, and he was held on a $100,000 bond.

Police said Valdes has an extensive criminal history, including a 2012 burglary and larceny conviction in Milford, resulting in a five-year prison sentence that was suspended after three years.

The homeowner reported a diamond engagement ring worth $2,000 missing from the house. Detectives are investigating possible links to other crimes in the area.

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