A Naugatuck firefighter was on his way to work yesterday — Thursday, Oct. 11— and observed a white van driving erratically. The van had a power wash logo on it with a telephone number that began with "203."
Little did the firefighter know that later on, he would be giving that information to local police officers as a tip that would eventually lead police to make an arrest in an alleged home invasion case in Middlebury.
Police actually received two good tips from the public, Acting Chief Richard Wildman said.
Middlebury police began working with the Connecticut Parole Department, the Connecticut Probation Department, the Waterbury Police Detective Division and the Naugatuck Police Department.
An Arrest Made
An arrest warrant was obtained for Jennifer Labbe, 25, of 255 North Main Street in Waterbury.
Labbe was charged in connection with the alleged home invasion which occurred on Yale Avenue in Middlebury, where two children encountered the perpetrators.
A second arrest is expected within the hour, Wildman said. Labbe is charged with:
- Home Invasion
- Conspiracy to Commit Burglary
- Two counts of Risk Of Injury to a Minor
- Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the Sixth Degree
Her court set bond is at $500,000. She will be arraigned in Waterbury Superior Court at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15.
"Officer [Al] Cronin should get special recognition for he had personnel knowledge of a power wash company and was able to talk with them and start to build the case," stated Wildman in a press release. "The power wash company who we wish not to identify cooperated with police and police actually were able to seize the van which [we] know was missing the power wash signs from it and now had a stolen marker plate on it."
Sgt. John Desmarais was able to obtained the arrest warrant, Officer Kathy Blick, and Officer Fred Marcantonio assisted also in this investigation.