SOUTHINGTON – Southington police on Friday arrested a Shelton man suspected to have broken into 18 businesses between late 2016 and early 2019 in Connecticut and New York, using a Jaws of Life device to pry open ATM machines to steal more than $200,000.
Joshua Moore, 40, faces charges of third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and first-degree criminal mischief in connection with a burglary at the Southington Dunkin Donuts on Oct. 7, 2016, according to the warrant for his arrest.
The investigation into Moore involved numerous police departments in Connecticut and New York, as well as the FBI. Investigators pieced together a string of similar burglaries that began in September 2016 and ended in February 2018.
The burglaries all involved a similar method, in which the suspect broke into a business and used a number of tools, including a Jaws of Life device, to pry open an ATM, according to the warrant. Investigators found that Moore bought a Jaws of Life device in September 2016, when the burglary spree began. He became a suspect upon the discovery being made.
A search of Moore’s home in January turned up gloves, a duffel bag, boots, a ski mask and a number of tools, including a crow bar, bolt cutters and a Jaws of Life device, according to the warrant.
After being arrested by Greenwich police in January, police wrote in the warrant, Moore confessed to committing 18 burglaries, including the one in Southington.
During the Southington incident, the warrant said, the suspect could be seen on video surveillance footage breaking the glass doors to the Dunkin Donuts before using a set of tools to break into an ATM. About $9,000 was inside.
In total, the warrant said, Moore is believed to have to have stolen more than $220,000 during 18 burglaries. Financial records showed that he deposited about $300,000 into his bank account during the same timeframe as the burglaries, according to the warrant.
Moore faces a number of burglary and larceny charges in connection with burglaries in Stratford, Shelton, Stamford, Monroe, Canton, Clinton, Greenwich and Stonington. It is unclear if New York authorities have charged him.
Moore was arraigned Friday in Bristol Superior Court, where a judge set his bond at $10,000. Court officials noted that he is being held on more than $200,000 in bonds connected to the other burglaries. His Southington case has been transferred to court in New Britain. He is scheduled to appear there on Aug. 7.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.