Derby police Thursday released the name of a burglary suspect arrested on Sunset Drive Wednesday morning. Both Derby and Ansonia police believe he is connected to a rash of recent overnight burglaries.
Davon Miller, 21, of Ansonia, was charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, two counts of attempted first-degree burglary and two counts of sixth-degree larceny.
According to a prepared statement by Derby police Lt. Justin Stanko, police responded to a Hickory Road residence Wednesday morning after a man said someone had just entered his house.
Derby and Ansonia officers were then sent to the area of Sunset Drive at about 6 a.m., where a man was spotted on a deck, and then running through backyards.
Police detained Miller in Tom Lionetti’s yard on Sunset Drive.
Police allegedly found items in Miller’s possession that identified him “as a suspect in the rash of recent overnight burglaries in Derby and Ansonia,” according to Stanko.
He has been charged with first-degree burglary in Derby for the alleged Hickory Lane break-in. He has been charged with third-degree burglary in Derby for allegedly breaking into a car on Hillcrest Avenue. The two counts of attempted first-degree burglary stem from two incidents on Sunset Drive in Derby, police said.
The two larceny counts stem from items allegedly stolen from Hickory Road and the car on Hillcrest.
Stanko said Miller has also been connected to previous Derby house burglaries on Clark Street Extension (Aug. 23) and Paugassett Road (Aug. 27). He has not been charged in those burglaries, but Derby police said they will apply for an arrest warrant.
Ansonia and Derby police obtained a warrant to search Miller’s residence in Ansonia, “where officers retrieved items that were believed to have been stolen in previous burglaries in Ansonia,” according to Ansonia police Lt. Andrew Cota.
“The burglaries are still under investigation and police will be speaking to the victims to see if any items seized can be identified,” Cota said in a prepared statement Thursday morning.
The Hilltop section of Ansonia has experienced some 10 overnight burglaries in recent weeks. The crimes have shaken residents, and prompted an estimated 300 people to attend a block watch meeting Tuesday. Ansonia police have stepped up overnight patrols in the area.
Miller is being held on a $85,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Derby today (Sept. 3).
Ansonia police are continuing to investigate their burglaries.
“We are still asking that residents make sure they close and lock windows and doors and pay attention for any suspicious activity in their neighborhood. Please report this activity to the police at 203-735-1885,” Cota said.
According to the state judicial website, Miller has previous convictions for third-degree larceny and possession of marijuana. He was charged with violating the terms of his probation July 24. That case is pending in court.
At the time of the arrest Ansonia police said they were trying to determine whether those two had any connection to the Hilltop burglaries. Police are still investigating, and haven’t made a determination either way.