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Milford PD charges 2 after gas station break-in, theft

February 5, 2019

MILFORD — Two men were charged by city police on Tuesday after they allegedly broke into a local gas station and stole about $1,000 worth of cigarettes.

James Graziani, 39, of High Street in Middletown, was charged with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit possession of burglary tools.

George Hutchings, 53, of Howard Court in Bridgeport, was charged with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit possession of burglary tools and second-degree criminal mischief.

Around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Milford police officers saw the front door of Wheel’s gas station at 313 Naugatuck Ave. “smashed out,” police said. The officers checked the area and spotted a supicious vehicle driving on Naugatuck Avenue, down side roads and then back onto Naugatuck Avenue.

Officers pulled the car over on Bridgeport Avenue and found that the two occupants, later identified as Graziani and Hutchings, had a trash bag filled with cigarettes in the car.

Police said video surveillance captured Hutchings apparently breaking the glass door, causing about $1,000 worth of damage, and going into the building. The footage showed him fill the trash bag with about $1,000 worth of cigarettes before fleeing.

The two suspects were taken into custody and charged. They were each held on a $50,000 bond and were expected in court Tuesday. There were no updated court records Tuesday afternoon.