Police report they arrested two alleged burglars inside Cochran House at Fairfield Hills early on the morning of Monday, October 28, after receiving a call informing them that light and noise were emanating from the third-floor of the massive masonry building.
Police said they charged Paul Longo, 28, of New Haven, and Dale Hanley, 28, of Northford each with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools, and third-degree criminal mischief.
Police received the report of the burglary at about 1:31 am, informing them that there apparently were people inside Cochran House.
During their search of the premises, Longo and Hanley were found on the third floor of the structure, police said. In searching the building, police said they found evidence that the two men had been stealing plumbing pipes and metal. Such materials typically are sold for their scrap value.
Town police said that they called in state police for assistance in searching Cochran House. That search included the roof and basement in seeking any additional burglars, but none were located, police said.
Town public works staff secured Cochran House in the area where it had been forcibly entered.
Police said that after processing their arrests, they released both Longo and Hanley on $2,500 bail each for arraignments on November 12 in Danbury Superior Court.