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Pocket Watch Pawned in Groton at Center of Burglary Investigation

Scott Tyrone of New London was arrested for allegedly burglarizing a home, then pawning a stolen gold pocket watch in Groton. He may be tied to several other burglaries.

Police captured a New London man possibly tied to several burglaries in Waterford Wednesday after he allegedly pawned a stolen pocket watch.

Scott Tyrone, 31, of 615 Bank Street, New London, was charged Wednesday with sixth-degree larceny after police allege he burglarized a home on Fog Plain Road.

However, police said there have been at least five other homes burglarized in Waterford in the past two weeks, and while they have yet to charge Tyrone with any of those crimes a Waterford Police press release said "further charges related to the companion cases are pending, as the investigation remains active."

Tyrone appeared in court on Thursday on one charge of sixth-degree larceny, where his bond was set at $10,000 and he was ordered to go to a detox facility in Norwalk. Tyrone was connected to a September 13th residential burglary on Fog Plain Road after he allegedly pawned a gold pocket watch stolen from the home, according to police.

How Tyrone Was Caught

On September 13th, Waterford Police Officer Nicholas Surdo was sent to investigate a reported residential burglary at Fog Plain Road, according to an arrest warrant written by Detective John Davis.

There, Surdo noticed the home was broken into sometime between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., when the occupants were at work, and recovered two palm prints off of an exterior window, where the burglar likely broke in.

Surdo, with help from the victim, determined the burglar stole the victim’s checking book, credit card, airline frequent-flier book, credit card, empty leather wallet, gold wedding band and a gold pocket watch valued by the victim at $100, according to the affadavit.

Surdo later found Tyrone pawned that gold pocket watch the day of the burglary at Gold Star Pawn in Groton, according to the affidavit. That prompted police to arrest him on Wednesday, according to the affidavit.

Tyrone, who was described as a self-employed single roofer with no children in court documents, was convicted of sixth-degree larceny and third-degree forgery in 2011 and of misdemeanor possession of marijuana in 2003, according to court records. Any person who has any information on the recent burglaries should call the Waterford Police Department at 860-442-9451.

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