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Elderly Bridgeport Man Accused of Burglarizing Two Cars

Arrested three times previously by Norwalk Police for burglary, larceny and possession of burglar tools.

A 78-year-old Bridgeport man faces numerous charges after allegedly burglarizing two cars on Flax Hill Road Wednesday evening.

A resident of 537 Flax Hill Rd. called police at 6:45 p.m. to report she spotted her car door open with a man inside her car, which was parked in her driveway. She said she went out the front door of her house and yelled at him, and the man began walking away.

She provided a description of the man to the first officer who arrived at her home, and he began a search of the neighborhood. A short time later he spotted a man matching her description and stopped him.

Police spokesman Lt. Praveen John said the man, later identified as Wilfred Hamilton, attempted to flee, but the officer was able to hold and handcuff him.

John said a search of Hamilton found he was carrying two cell phones, a soft case containing two sets of wireless headphones, a Garmin GPS unit, a SiriusXM satelite radio receiver and a radar detector.

Later, an officer used the "home" function on the GPS unit and it displayed 528 Flax Hill Rd. He contacted the homeowner who said he does keep a GPS unit in his Honda Pilot. The officer asked him to check his vehicle, and the GPS was gone.

Hamilton was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of sixth-degree larceny, interferring with an officer, and two counts of third-degree criminal tresspass.

He was held on combined bonds amounting to $20,000 and given a court date of Aug. 24.

Norwalk Police arrested Hamilton in October 2002, and he was found guilty of second-degree burglary, and fourth- and sixth-degree larceny. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Norwalk Police arrested him again in May 2009, and he was found guilty of possession of burglar tools. He was sentenced to a year in jail.

And he was arrested by Norwalk Police in June 2009 and found guilty of third-degree burglary. He was sentenced to 36 months in jail.

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