Arrest made at Vernon Law Office Break-In

VERNON, CT – Vernon police have made an arrest related to a break and enter at a local law office.

At 8:30 a.m. on February 21, associates of a law firm at 45 Hartford Turnpike reported a burglary. A window had been smashed and tools belonging to a contractor carrying out renovations at the office had been stolen, according to a warrant.

Window repairs were estimated at $1,200 and tools were valued at $8,766, according to. to guarantee.

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Motion-sensing security systems are disabled in the building due to renovations, according to a warrant.

Police then turned to the adjacent Motel 6’s surveillance systems and staff noticed a familiar face and posture – a former motel resident who walked on a hunch, according to a warrant. He has been identified as Peter Luurtsema, 65, who police say is homeless but lives in Vernon.

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He was seen on motel cameras with tools, according to a warrant.

Luurtsema has been charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree robbery and second-degree criminal mischief, according to an arrest report. He failed to post $20,000 bond during an April 5 court appearance and is currently in custody, according to court system records. He is due back in court on May 18.

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