SOUTHINGTON - A West Hartford man has pleaded guilty to his role in a burglary last year in which the resident returned to his home and found an intruder inside.
Shameek Allen, 22, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit third-degree robbery, according to judicial records. His pleas came during a hearing this week in New Britain Superior Court.
Allen had originally been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny for his role in a burglary at a Southington home on Aug. 19, 2019.
According to police, Allen drove Shykeim Lewis, 21, to a home on Burritt Street when Lewis entered the residence and stole a laptop and other items, worth a total of $800. While Lewis was still in the home, the resident arrived from a walk with his dog and the animal alerted him to an intruder on the second floor, according to the arrest warrant in the case.
Lewis told the victim he would leave, the warrant continued. The man chased the burglar, who ran downstairs, and grabbed him near the front door, the complainant told police.
Holding something in his hand, Lewis threatened to use pepper spray on the homeowner, according to the warrant. Still grabbing a hold of the burglar, the victim noticed a car pull up in front of his home. After a man, who was later identified as Allen, got out of the car, the victim suddenly felt that he was outnumbered and let go of the suspect, according to the warrant.
The suspect ran to the car and the two men drove away. No injuries were reported.
The homeowner told police that, in addition to items missing from his home, multiple areas of the residence had been rummaged through.
The suspects were identified by Southington police following a multi-month investigation, in which police used surveillance images from the victim’s home and posted them on a private, open source law enforcement sharing site.
Allen is being held on $350,000 bond and is due back in court on Dec. 14.
Lewis, who faces charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree robbery and fifth-degree larceny, is being held on $300,000 bond. He is due back in court Wednesday.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.