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Police: Springfield Man Used Google Maps to Scope Out Car Break-In Locations


SUFFIELD, Conn. (WGGB) — Police say that a Springfield man used Google Maps to help locate possible locations to break into cars.

Suffield Police say that 20-year-old Andrew Dupree of Springfield has been in jail in Conn. after he was arrested in Bloomfield on August 19, 2013 for his alleged involvement in a series of car break-ins that occurred between June and August in Bloomfield, South Windsor, Vernon, and Glastonbury.

Thursday, Dupree was arrested and charged by Suffield Police with conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny for a burglary he reportedly committed on a vehicle on Windbrook Drive in Suffield back in June.

Dupree reportedly told investigators from Bloomfield Police that he and his friends used Google Maps to scope out areas they believed were affluent with the purpose of burglarizing unlocked cars.

The suspects would allegedly look for neighborhoods that had houses with large roofs, as well as areas near golf courses. They would then reportedly pick a central location, input that location into a GPS, drive there, and burglarize unlocked cars.

Suffield Police have warrants out for two additional suspects they believe worked with Dupree.

Two Suffield residents, who also had their cars burglarized, have decided not to press charges.

Residents are being reminded to secure and lock their vehicles when left unattended, and also to report any suspicious activity to your local police department.

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