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Police: Heroin Addiction Cause of September Burglary Spree

Scott Tyrone, 32, of New London, who was arrested on a litany of charges for allegedly burglarizing six Waterford homes in a month, told police he was stealing to fuel his heroin addiction.

A man arrested for burglarizing at least six Waterford homes in September, along with homes in other towns, told police his heroin addiction was the driver behind his alleged crime spree, according to court records reviewed by Patch Monday.

Scott Tyrone, 32, of 615 Bank St, New London was arrested this month on seven counts of burglary and a host of other charges after he allegedly admitted to burglarizing at least six homes throughout Waterford in September, along with homes in New London and other towns. Tyrone allegedly stole mostly jewelry and other gold items, including one man’s Navy medals, which he sold to gold-buying stores and pawn shops to fuel his heroin addiction, according to court records.

“Tyrone stated that he was burglarizing homes to support his heroin habit,” New London Police Officer Matthew Galante wrote in an arrest warrant. “Tyrone also stated that he was driven by his addiction and was under the influence of heroin while committing the burglaries.”

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In September, Waterford Police issued a warning to the public after at least six homes were burglarized in the span of a few weeks. The burglarized homes were spread out throughout Waterford, as Tyrone was later charged with burglarizing homes on Vauxhall Street Ext, Niles Hill Road, Old Norwich Road, Fog Plain Road and others.

Police originally arrested Tyrone in September for sixth-degree larceny after they found a gold watch at a Groton pawn shop that was stolen from a home on Fog Plain Road. The owner of the pawn shop said Tyrone sold him the watch, leading to an arrest, according to court records.

After that connection, Waterford Police, working with New London Police who also reported a string of recent burglaries, tracked what other items Tyrone sold to pawn shops and gold-buying shops. Many of the items they found were items reported as being stolen from Waterford homes, according to court records.

On September 26, two Waterford Police detectives interviewed Tyrone, who admitted to them that he burglarized at least six homes in Waterford, along with two in New London and more in other towns, according to court records. He said he was addicted to heroin and needed the money to support his addiction, according to court records.

The next day, New London and Waterford Police officers searched his New London apartment. There, they found more items reported stolen from Waterford and New London homes including 57 savings bonds, along with a bag of heroin, according to court records.

Tyrone is being held in custody and he is scheduled to appear in court on December 13th. The Waterford Police Department added that more arrests could be coming from this string of burglaries.

Daniella Ruiz November 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM
dope for a dope.
Larry Lynch November 27, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Heroin addiction is what he is using for an EXCUSE.. There is only one reason for stealing... He is a thief.. The excuse should not matter, or influence the system one bit.
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Ron November 27, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I think the cure is 20 years in jail, and then when he gets out supervised rehabilitation in a locked half way house for an additional 10 years. Statistics indicate he will recommit the same crime with six months of leaving jail, and then society should start the process again of 20 years in jail followed by confinement in a locked half way house. Anyone who thinks they have the right because they need drugs or money or just thriils to invade the house of an innocent family, and cause the nnocent family real harm and permanent physcological pain should be immediately removed from society for a minimum of 20 years. Hopefully during the 20 years in jail another immate (hopefully several immates every year) will invade this person's jail cell and tdo real harm to him and let the criminal understand why he did not have the right to invade someone's home.
Ron November 27, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Nancy: In all of your feel good advice did you ever consider he is just a criminal who invaded several homes and did a life time of mental and physical harm to those he invaded ? My house was robbed and it left permanent feelings of violation and fear which prompted me and my wife to each buy guns, have a flashlight and bill horn at our bedside, and install an expense home security system, and leave a car permanently vidsible in the driveway, and all the lights on in the house at night. We have never slept the same after being invaded. Perhaps if your home gets robbed, or your parents home, or children's home gets robbed when your loved ones are it by a heroin addict you and your family will have a different opinion. If you are lucky you may survive being harmed or killed by a heroin addict with a weapon and crazed mind. However many innocent families are not so lucky when their homes are invaded and they are tortured and all the thoughts on treatments for the criminal do not help bring the innocent people back to life. Ask Dr. Pettit who had his wife and daughters tortures, raped, and killed by two drug addicts what the experience was like. Jails were made to protect people from criminals---not drugs.
wildflower November 27, 2012 at 05:30 PM
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wildflower November 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
My house was burglarized by a heroin addict. He would never have done it if he had not been in the grip of an addiction. How did he get addicted, you might ask? He had a broken wrist. When he went to the doctor, he was given 60 tablets of oxycodone. At the end of a month, he was completely addicted to that feeling. He bought the tablets on the street, and then he ran out of money. He bought heroin which was much cheaper. The majority of so-called middle class addicts come to their addiction via a prescription for pain killers. Doctors need to take notice of what they are doing to their patients. I have even known elderly patients who doctor shop after becoming addicted to their prescribed pain meds. They are, of course, less likely to seek street drugs, but they can always find another prescription. Have some compassion for these sick people. You'd feel differently if it were your son or daughter, or grandparent.
Just sayin' November 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Ron, "Nancy" is a spammer.
Mary May November 27, 2012 at 07:53 PM
If they TRULY got help in jail that would be great ! BUT they don't ! Doctors are TOO free to give pain killers to anybody ! I know people are in pain but surely there are other alternatives , besides addictive pills ! Our son was hurt recently and was given vicodin and had bad reaction so they gave him oxycodone hmm. He is only 20 years old so meds seemed strong and he decided to bare the pain instead !
Ron November 27, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Also Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice said the 9/11 bombers and the Libyan terrorists would not have killed all the people in the World Trade Center and our ambassador if the Muslim doctor did not give them an aspirin and show them photos of Allah in the cartoon. Get real and wake up. You seem like a person who feels bad for the killers of the innocent people in home invasions who were drug crazed animals for their "terrible ordeal" of drug addition, rather than the real victims of crime. The vast majority of all addicts become addicts because they start very want to get a "rush" and get "high"...not because they first get addicted to pain killers. I feel so very, very, very sorry for your poor, poor ultra nice, totally innocent,benevolent burgular who was really the victim himself at the hands of the terrible doctor who gave him pain pills. I have a question...was it the doctor, or the violent criminal heroin addict that broke into your house ? The next time your family member is in terrible pain, don't go to the bad doctor, but instead visit and console and get treatment from your valient, wonderful drug addicted friends.

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