On September 30, 2014 at approximately 8:15 P.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department were dispatched to a reported Home Invasion at 14 Juniper Lane in the Moosup Village of Plainfield. The victim reported that she was home with a 2 year old child and heard someone breaking into the residence. Plainfield Officers arrived within minutes to find several open doors and a bedroom window smashed. The officers located the child and female inside the home unharmed and observed that the home had been ransacked.
The Plainfield Police K9 Unit was deployed in an attempt to locate the suspect(s) without success. A neighborhood canvas was also conducted and did not result in additional information.
Through the investigation conducted by members of the Plainfield Police Department, which has yet to cease, a suspect has been identified and the Plainfield Police Department anticipates a warrant for their arrest. The Plainfield Police Department would like to advise residents that this was a targeted residence and should not be alarmed.
On September 15, 2014 at approximately 9:00 A.M., the Plainfield Police Department received a call from a concerned neighbor reporting that he heard what sounded like someone smashing a window at 47 Linnell Street in the Moosup village of Plainfield. Upon arrival, members of the Plainfield Police Department observed burglar tools around a broken basement window, as well as, multi broken locks to the sheds on the property.
The suspect, who witnessed the Plainfield Police arrive on scene from inside the house, ran to the second floor in an attempt to hide. As the Plainfield Police were going to deploy its K9 Unit inside the residence, the suspect surrendered in fear of being injured.
The suspect, Justin R. Kania (Age 19) of no certain address was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny 6th Degree. He was held on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at the Danielson Superior Court on September 16, 2014.
Justin R. Kania (Age 19)
Serial Burglar Arrested
Since mid-July of 2014, the Plainfield Police Department had responded to and investigated over 20 (twenty) residential burglaries in the Moosup village of Plainfield. Nearly all burglaries took place during the day while the residents were away. The suspect(s) stole large quantities of jewelry and cash by forcing entry into the homes
During the course of the investigation, members of the Plainfield Police allocated additional manpower that was strictly dedicated to solving the residential burglaries in Moosup. The dedicated officers were able to recover multiple items of stolen jewelry as well as other valuable items of evidence.
The Plainfield Police Department identified William R. Gibson (Age of 26) of his last known address of 176 Prospect Street in the Moosup Village of Plainfield as their primary suspect for more than half of the burglaries. On August 21, 2014 at approximately 10:00 A.M., members of the Plainfield Police Department intercepted Gibson as he was en-route to the bus terminal in Providence, Rhode Island with a paid bus ticket to the State of Texas. At that time, he was not found to be in possession of stolen items and refused to cooperate. He was subsequently interviewed and released. Later that evening, the dedicated officers obtained information from a local cab company and relatives in the State of Texas that Gibson was in Providence with another paid bus ticket to Texas.
With the assistance of relatives in the State of Texas in cooperation with the taxi company, Gibson returned back to Plainfield where he was again interviewed. At that time, additional evidence was obtained to charge Gibson with multiple burglaries and larcenies. As a result, the dedicated officers obtained an Arrest Warrant for Gibson’s arrest.
On August 23, 2014 at approximately 3:45 A.M., Gibson was taken into custody without incident. Gibson was charged with the following:
8 (eight) counts of Burglary 3rd Degree
1 (one) count of Burglary 2nd Degree
3 (three) counts of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 3rd Degree
5 (five) counts of Larceny 6th Degree
1 (one) count of Larceny 5th Degree
2 (two) counts of Larceny 4th Degree
2 (two) counts of Larceny 3rd Degree
4 (four) counts of Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree
Gibson was held on a $250,000 bond pending his arraignment on August 24, 2014 at the Danielson Superior Court (G.A. 11). It should be noted that more arrests are expected.
The Plainfield Police Department would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant, lock their doors, and report any suspicious activity to the Plainfield Police Department at 860-564-0804 or the anonymous tip line at 860-564-7065 if the incident does not need immediate attention.
William R. Gibson (Age 26)