On Sunday, Dec. 8th 2019 at 08:31AM, Branford Police responded to the commercial business Brook and Whittle, Ltd at 59 School Ground Rd. on the report of a burglary in progress. An employee of the business identified two individuals inside the closed business after remotely viewing a video surveillance system. Branford Police arrived to find the business secure, however, the suspects were still being viewed inside the building by the complainant. The suspects identified that police were outside and hid inside the building.
With the assistance of both East Haven and North Branford Police, a perimeter was set up and two teams of officers made entry into the facility.
Carlos Santiago, age 29, of Bridgeport and Thavone Kittiphanh, age 65, of Bridgeport were both located by Officers hiding inside the facility. Investigation revealed that they were attempting to steal multiple large brass cylinders used to make labels in the printing industry valued at $22,500 Santiago and Kittiphanh were both charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, 53a-103; Criminal Attempt at Larceny 1st Degree, 53a-49/53a-122; Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, 53a-117 and Interfering with an Officer, 53a-167a. Both parties were detained on $50,000 surety bonds.