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Community Tips Lead to Arrests of Home Invasion Suspects

The final arrest took place today, Middlebury police say.

 

First, the arrest of Jennifer Labbe was made today, Friday, Oct. 12, after police received tips from the public in the alleged home invasion case in Middlebury.

Two suspects, one male and one female, allegedly , while two children were home. The two allegedly kicked down a bedroom door and stole various items. The children were not harmed.

Shortly after Labbe was arrested, police arrested the male suspect after obtaining a warrant for his arrest.

Michael McCurry, 32, of 47 Irion Street, 1st floor, Waterbury, was arrested on the following charges:

  • Home Invasion
  • Conspiracy to Commit Burglary in the Second Degree
  • Two counts of Risk Of Injury to a Minor
  • Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the Sixth Degree 

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The court set bond on McCurry is $750,000. He and Labbe will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in Waterbury Superior Court.

As Middlebury Police reached out to area departments and Connecticut Parole and Connecticut Probation, police learned that McCurry was wanted for violation of parole, for allegedly cutting his tracking bracelet off.

How the Case Developed

The case began to develop late last night after several news casts were aired with a witness who stated that he actually saw the van pull into the Yale Avenue residence yesterday afternoon, Acting Chief Richard Wildman stated.

The second tip came from a Naugatuck fireman who was on his way to work yesterday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. He observed a white van driving erratically south on Route 63 from Middlebury into Naugatuck and that the van had a power wash logo on it with a telephone number that began with "203."

Wildman said the van drove down Water Street in Naugatuck, going the wrong way on a one way street.

McCurry was apprehended in Waterbury on the unrelated charge of Violation of Parole by the Task Force. He cooperated with police, Wildman said.

Some evidence was recovered related to the case. A Jeep was seized and search warrants will be obtained as part of this investigation at a later time. It is unknown at this time if the seized Jeep has any connection to a recent reported theft of a Jeep from Middlebury Garage.

Sgt. John Desmarais was able to obtained the two arrest warrants at the Superior Court in Waterbury late this afternoon.

Officer Kathy Blick, Officer Ron Pruchnicki and Officer Fred Marcantonio assisted with this investigation.

Lori Marino October 13, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Good work by the Middlebury Police Department!
Jeniferlyn O'Neil October 13, 2012 at 02:08 PM
We would like to give our gratitude and appreciation to everyone who helped to bring these pathetic criminals to justice. The Middlebury police department for their fast response to the situation and the actions they took. The news teams who got the word out to everyone and to all the people who gave their help and responded to a scary situation. A special thanks to our children who stayed calm during this home invasion and for giving such detailed descriptions of the criminals and the vehicle, we are very proud of them. As a parent, you try not to think about the things that could have happened or gone wrong or the people who commit these crimes, like in other home invasions you hear about. We are very lucky and grateful to everyone who helped, we cannot thank you enough. A very happy family
Jaimie Cura (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Jeniferlyn, thank you for your comments - so happy that your children are safe and sound after this frightening experience.

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