Police dragnet nets longtime criminal

A man letting his dog outside saw a strange man in his backyard, and set into motion the apprehension of a suspect in burglaries in the Stratfield area.

Fairfield Police said the man they arrested Thursday night, Oct. 4, is no stranger to them.

Sherman P. Adams

Sherman P. Adams

Sherman P. Adams, 53, of Taft Avenue in Bridgeport, was arrested and charged with two burglaries Thursday night, and police said more charges could be filed.

Police, who had increased their presence in the area, received a report of a man dressed all in black carrying a black backpack, who had been spotted by a man letting his dog out in his fenced-in backyard on Toilsome Hill Road around 10 p.m.

The suspicious man, later identified as Adams, dropped items as he fled over a fence. Among the items he dropped was a wallet belonging to a Homeland Street resident who was unaware it was missing until police visited her house to return it. The owner realized that her purse had been stolen out of her car as she unloaded groceries around 9:30 p.m.

As that unfolded, police learned that another purse had been stolen out of another car at a nearby Homeland Street house.

Officers established a perimeter in the area, and a lieutenant saw a man, identified as Adams, riding a bicycle north on Stratfield Road near Church Hill Road.

Detectives knew Adams from a 2001 arrest, Sgt. Suzanne Lussier said.

Police said Adams was extremely nervous, soaking wet and had fresh blood stains and wet blood on his pants from scaling the fence.

Lussier, who said Adams has a criminal history dating back to 1975, was wearing a monitoring device from the Office of Adult Probation on his ankle, but Adams had disabled it.

Adams was taken into custody, charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal trespass, fifth-degree larceny and sixth-degree larceny.

He was remanded to custody by the Office of Adult Probation and arraigned Friday morning.

Using the GPS function on a cell phone, police recovered both purses stolen from Homeland Street, dumped on Windemere Street.

Police Chief Gary MacNamara said his department “saturated” the Stratfield area in response to continuing reports of car break-ins overnight.

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