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Trail To Pawnshop Leads Police To Suspect In Fairfield Home Burglaries

Frank Keller, 41 of Milford, was charged with burglary and larceny by Fairfield police and was suspected of similar crimes in Wilton and Redding.
Frank Keller, 41 of Milford, was charged with burglary and larceny by Fairfield police and was suspected of similar crimes in Wilton and Redding. Photo Credit: Wilton Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Milford man who frequently sold silverware, jewelry and tools to a pawnshop in Bridgeport has been charged in connection with break-ins in Fairfield, Wilton and Redding, police said.

After a home on Congress Street was burglarized in early August, Fairfield police detectives investigated and were able to locate a suspect connected to a pawnshop in Bridgeport.

Frank Keller, 41 of Milford, had been seen entering East Coast Pawn in Bridgeport with a woman, police said. He was identified as a person of interest for his suspected involvement in previous burglary investigations, police said.

The method of entry through the basement in the Congress Street burglary was similar to two earlier burglaries on Mill Plain Road and Unquowa Road, Fairfield police said. The front door was left open at the house on Congress, and police reported that items appeared to be missing from the dining room.

When officers went to the pawnshop, they found out Keller was a frequent seller of silverware, jewelry and tools. The Unquowa Road homeowner was able to positively identify several items at the pawnshop as theirs, police said.

Fairfield officers worked on the investigation with Wilton police, who had arrested Keller earlier in similar burglaries.

While at court on Oct. 11, Keller was charged in the Fairfield burglaries after he admitted involvement, police said. He also was found to be involved in Redding burglaries, police said.

He was charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, first-degree larceny and third-degree larceny. Fairfield held him on $5,000 bond for arraignment on Friday. The outcome of his hearing was not known.

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