Arrests Made in Connection With Local Car Break-Ins

A local task force arrested three people in connection with the break-ins.


According to Troop L Sgt. Michael Roach, two men arrested in connection with recent car break-ins were processed at Troop L at approximately 8:25 p.m. tonight - Saturday, Jan. 7.

The recent car break-ins occurred throughout New Haven, Litchfield and Fairfield Counties, according to a 7:14 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, press release from Middlebury Police Lt. Richard Wildman.

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, a meeting of state police officers, Connecticut probation officers, Connecticut parole officers, a Connecticut Intelligence Center liaison officer and local police officers, took place at the .

The purpose of the meeting was to share information about the recent car break-ins. The suspects allegedly targeted gym parking lots, walking trail parking lots and church parking lots.

A task force was put together to target three suspects that were identified through the meeting. The Task Force learned that one of the suspects, Alfred W. Gfroehrer, was wanted for escape in the first degree by Connecticut Parole.

On Friday, the Task Force targeted Gfroehrer and conducted a search of cities and towns though out New Haven and Litchfield Counties.

Gfroehrer was spotted by a Task Force Surveillance car operating a 2003 Dodge Caravan. The Task Force, accompanied by Connecticut Parole, arrested Gfroehrer without incident at the corner of Walnut Street and North Walnut Street in Waterbury.

Gfroehrer, 38, was arrested at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, and charged with escape in the first degree. Police reported that Gfroehrer is homeless.

The Task Force apprehended the two remaining suspects, William Beck and Neil Lorusso, shortly after they allegedly broke into a vehicle at on Route 47. The two were taken into custody a few miles away. Police reported the suspects allegedly had a stolen purse in their possession.

Beck, 31, of 50 Mango Circle, Watertown, was arrested at 2:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. He was arrested on the following charges:

  • Conspiracy to commit burglary in the third degree
  • Conspiracy to commit larceny in the third degree
  • Conspiracy to commit criminal mischief in the third degree
  • Conspiracy to commit theft of credit card

Lorusso, 30, of East Main Street in Waterbury, was arrested at 2:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, on the following charges:

  • Burglary in the third degree
  • Larceny in the third degree
  • Criminal mischief in the third degree
  • Credit card theft

The Task Force consisted of a Connecticut Intelligence liaison officer, Connecticut State Police personnel from Troop A and Troop L along with local police officers from Washington, Southbury, Cheshire and Middlebury, using five surveillance vehicles.

Connecticut Parole worked with the Task Force on Friday, Jan. 6. In addition, the Connecticut State Police provided a K-9 handler and dog.

Taro Yamasaki January 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
It appears that Mr. Beck was not having a very good day. Were his head injuries the result of karma or an over-enthusiastic police officer? TY from MI
Jamie January 10, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I just don't understand these people that are blaming Woodbury Ski - I do not work for them nor am I affiliated with them but aren't we adults? I think common sense would be to lock your valuables in a trunk or hide them so nobody will see them. Just because your in Woodbury where crime isn't low doesn't mean that there isn't crime or could be crime. Could the situation be handled different from them? Probably. But again, it's park at your own risk. Your car could be broken into in your own driveway. So if you have a dog and it didn't bark to let you know somebody was outside are you gonna blame it for the break in? Like get real. If you have such a vendetta again WS - then don't go back. It's that simple. It sucks you got your stuff stolen and it sucks that it didn't seem like it was done in a timely manner, but learn from it and move on. Like somebody mentioned earlier they were caught within reasonable time so how do you know they or somebody didn't call the cops in fair enough time. You can get your stuff stolen anywhere. Stop crying about it and learn. I had somebody break into my boyfriends car and steal our stuff with it right outside our apartment. They stole my clothes of all things and numerous car parts. I can only be mad at the people who have to stoop so low to steal other people's thing they work hard for.
Jamie January 10, 2012 at 09:53 PM
And by isn't low I meant IS LOW
Pgmr9 January 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM
i was wondering the same thing, must have fallen in the shower and hit his head
John January 24, 2012 at 04:51 PM
That is Billy Beck looking like the wife took a rolling pin to him ,not Al Gfroehrer who was "arrested without incident". They do not say if Billy was arrested with incident - but form the picture it seems he may have been...


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