Ex-cop accused of being a serial burglar in over 30 thefts

GLASTONBURY, CT – A former police officer from Connecticut, Patrick Hemingway, is suspected of being a “serial burglar” involved in more than 30 thefts across three states, including Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

The arrest warrant, unsealed by the Connecticut Superior Court, revealed that Hemingway, a former Glastonbury police officer, is accused of targeting safes and cash registers at various businesses.

The Glastonbury Police Department issued a press release on September 20, stating that they were alerted to Hemingway’s potential involvement in recent burglaries and had called in the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes unit to assist in the investigation.

According to the warrant, Hemingway dressed similarly during multiple burglaries, including wearing a face mask and gloves, and had a physical appearance consistent with the suspect captured in surveillance videos.

The warrant also mentioned the use of “lock-picking tools” during some of the burglaries, and Hemingway allegedly left behind a bag containing a lock-picking tool kit after resigning from the Glastonbury Police Department.

Connecticut State Police Detective Ryan Slaiby wrote in the warrant that there was overlap between Hemingway’s employment as a Glastonbury police officer, the burglaries in the same town, and his alleged misuse of COLLECT, a dedicated criminal justice system used by law enforcement in Connecticut.

Hemingway was arrested on September 28 in New Jersey and charged with computer crimes in the first degree and making a false statement. He was held on a $1 million bond and arraigned at Manchester Superior Court on September 29.

Hemingway is scheduled to appear in court on November 15.