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.

Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 08, 2012 at 05:41 PM
To clarify: Lt. Roach stated that he himself was not at the troop at that time.
arl avellanet January 08, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Perhaps Woodbury Ski Resort should have acted responsibly and swiftly when the smash and grab was reported by another visitor and my family. Their reaction was "no big rush" in calling the police. Also, if you knew there were thefts in your parking lot, then the resort should have acted responsibly and notified your visitors of the potential risk. We had valuables and significant damage to our luxury car. Should we have rented an only Chevy for our trip?
Friar tuck January 08, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Sweet mugshot! Was Mr Beck working for Sippin Oil? Perhaps he was an owner operator, just leaving a board of education meeting after speaking with our media & public relations firm about a trip to china
John January 08, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I am wondering about people that require Others to Notify Them there is a risk if they leave Valuables in their vehicle - and in View. I remember them Good Ole Days when common sense and self responsibility were the norm, oh well them days are gone.
arl avellanet January 08, 2012 at 10:11 PM
And I remember the days when customer service and a satisfied customer were how businesses were built. That'll never happen at Wooddbury Ski resort! Oh well.
Jenna January 08, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Unfortunately most people don't use common sense these days and choose to blame other people for their stupid mistakes because they don't want to take the blame. It's common sense not to leave valuables visible in your car, you really shouldn't leave them in there at all. Also nobody cares about the fact that you have a luxury car, that was your choice to sped that much money on a car that can do the same thing as a Chevy. Does the fact that you have a luxury car make you a more important person than one who owns a Chevy, your lack of responsibility to leave your valuables at home should put you above someone else who has a problem? There shouldn't need to be signs posted that you're responsible for damage to your car or that you shouldn't leave valuables visible. Things like that can happen anywhere, that would mean there would need to be signs at every business and parking lot. Take some responsibility for your own lack of common sense. If you didn't leave valuables visible, your car probably wouldn't have been broken into, and as for calling the police I'm sure that if you can afford a nice luxury car thn you can afford a cell phone where you can call the police yourself. My car was backed into at a parking lot with no cameras, and nobody stopped to leave a note. That's not the building owners responsibility, it's mine. Get over yourself
john pookman January 09, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Bam Bam January 09, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Great team work and execution to catch these guys!
Gary January 09, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Although Woodbury Ski Area is not be culpable for the theft, their handling of the situation is what is worth mention. It was another family that noticed the smashed window and reported it to the staff. The staff made no effort to contact the owner of the vehicle, nor did they feel it necessary to contact police. To make matters worse yet, the management was particularly uninterested about the entire event and offered no refund or partial even though our outing was needless to say cut short. That being said the issue here had nothing to do with being careless (as nothing was in plane sight in the vehicle), the issue is that a crime was committed and fortunately no one was injured and thankfully the criminals have been caught (a fact that was not without interest by my 4 and 7yr old sons who had their Xmas presents (2 iPods) stolen). Many thanks to local PD and to the families that offered my distraught children food and drink during the ordeal.
Jenna January 09, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Nobody just breaks into a car and hopes that there is something worth stealing. If a criminal is going to go through the process of smashing out a window of a car where anybody could see them while they're doing it, it's because they already know there is something of value in it. They're not going to risk smashing open a window, nothing being in the car, and then needing to go check another car. People are always going to say that there was nothing in sight because they don't want to take any responsibility at all. I'm not saying that the criminals weren't at fault, but a little bit of brain power on the victims part by moving a purse or valuables to the trunk most likely would have avoided this situation; and let's face the facts, if the guy took off with valuables there's no way for them to prove that the items weren't in plain sight. Also it says in the article the criminals were caught a short time after the car break in only a few miles apart, which to me sounds like the cops were called in a pretty timely manner. How is Woodbury ski supposed to notify these people of a car break in, when the only identifying information is a license plate? It's a good possibility that they made mention over a loud speaker or went around asking people; maybe the victims just weren't around when they were trying to find them. It's not like they have a computer where they can look up a license plate number and say Mr. John Doe report to the front desk
Christine E. January 09, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I agree that the situation sucks, and I also agree that the customer service at Woodbury Ski is questionable at best, but I cannot agree that it's their responsibility to hunt you down and call the police. It's your car and, unless the lot is gated with a security guard, you shouldn't expect anyone to give a crud about it. It is what it is. You can point fingers and be mad all you want - it is what it is.
Swami January 09, 2012 at 11:03 PM
The least the ski area could do is post a sign: DON'T BE AN IDIOT - LOCK VALUABLES IN TRUNK !
Gary January 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Many thanks for your posts as it's now completely transparent to anyone who reads these posts who are those employed or paid by Woodbury. Keep it up, your only underscoring the point. Classy outfit with equally classy employees. BTW why don't you start posting on about the folks that had their cars broken into at local churches. God be with you.
Christine E. January 10, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Gary Naturally no one could possibly disagree with you unless they work for Woodbury. Get real. I've only been there once. I could care less where your car was - church, Target, or Ski slope. Park at your own risk. No one's responsibility except you and the guy who broke your window. I don't leave my purse in the car, locked or not. Be smarter.
Jenna January 10, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I don't work for woodbury ski, nor have I ever been there; and I don't feel this way only about that company, I would say the same for any person who leaves valuables visible in their car in any place. It could be a commuter lot, a church, restaurant, grocery store, movie theater or airport it doesn't matter. People should have enough common sense, especially in a world like today, to keep valuables hidden from sight. There shouldn't need to be signs posted in parking lots, because it's common logic not to leave valuables unattended or in plain sight. Like your said before why not talk about what happened in the church? I don't see anybody saying that there should be signs in their parking lot, do you? A car break in can happen anywhere; a parking lot, on the side of the road, even in your driveway. Do you really believe that signs need to be posted to secure your valuables, because if you do that means they need to be posted everywhere; in every single parking lot, on every road, and in every driveway. If I go to your house and my car gets broken into, I'll make sure to blame you because you didn't make me aware to secure my valuables.
Benny January 10, 2012 at 01:08 AM
If you drive a luxury vehicle I am sure you can afford a luxury cell phone to call the police yourself, no? You obviously did not conceal your valuables and are now looking for someone to blame. Renting a Chevy and leaving valuables in plain sight in a Chevy would not have stopped thieves from the smash and grab. If you're so wealthy why did you come all the way to little old Woodbury instead of a "luxury" resort in CA or CO?
Christine E. January 10, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I guess if they smashed up my Ford Focus it wouldn't be as important? God bless Fairfield County. Holy Cow.
Christine E. January 10, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Really, who goes out of their way to say 'luxury' car instead of just saying 'car'...a little conceited, aren't we?
Carl Kolchak January 10, 2012 at 02:18 AM
OMG. This is, by far, the funniest post I have ever seen on Patch. Wait, you're not serious, are you?
RhondaM January 10, 2012 at 02:29 AM
This does not seem to have anything to do with Newtown. Hoa, can you please stop all these comments from hitting the Newtown page.
Gary January 10, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Not just my opinion about Woodbury....seems to be a common theme. http://www.yelp.com/biz/woodbury-ski-area-woodbury. http://www.skitown.com/skitownreviews/reviews.cfm?a=ct04&c=1&i=ct04
Sam Mihailoff January 10, 2012 at 03:21 AM
hey, that's why it is called the Walmart News
RhondaM January 10, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Hey - what is going on with the Patch? The comment I made earlier - Newtown people being tired of seeing all this stuff that is not about Newtown - is not under this article anymore. But it is on the front page of the Newtown patch. What has happened to so many of the articles and pictures were were use to seeing about our local town. Huge disappointment.
Aaron Boyd (Editor) January 10, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Hey RhondaM, Your comment was flagged by the system as possibly being spam, but we've restored it. We welcome your viewpoint.
Jenna January 10, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Gary I think everyone understands your viewpoint that Woodbury ski sucks. I'm not saying they do and I'm not saying they don't, I've never been there; but their customer service has nothing to do with car break-ins and doesn't negate the fact that this is partly the victims responsibility that they left the items in plain sight. Like this article says the break-ins happened in many different locations including gym parking lots, walking trails, and churches. I don't see anybody trying to blame any of those facilities for leaving their valuables in sight or saying there should have been signs posted. Let's keep the discussion on topic if you have a problem with Woodbury ski maybe you should start a new comment feed or better yet take it up with the company!
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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