A former Connecticut police officer is suspected of being a serial burglar involved in over 30 thefts across three states, including areas he once patrolled.
A recently unsealed warrant reveals that Patrick Hemingway, 37, is believed to have targeted safes and cash registers in restaurants and businesses in the US states of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The warrant indicates that surveillance footage depicts a suspect resembling the former officer.
The videos show a tall male wearing a mask, gloves, and a hooded sweatshirt, holding a flashlight and a corded object resembling a police radio.
The warrant said that “lock-picking tools” were used in some of the burglaries, and that “Hemingway left behind a bag containing such tools when he resigned from the Glastonbury Police Department on 1st September.”
Hemingway was arrested as a fugitive from justice at a New Jersey airport, where he was reportedly studying to become a commercial pilot, on 22nd September and was extradited to Connecticut.
According to a judge at his arraignment, he faces charges of computer crimes and making false statements, as well as additional potential charges.
The warrant for computer crimes alleges that Hemingway misused a police database on multiple occasions, potentially to assess if he was under investigation by the police.
Patrick Hemingway is currently in custody, held on a USD 1 million (GBP 823,000) bond, as the investigation into the burglaries continues.
His lawyer has argued that the bond is excessively high.