Warrant issued in shed break-ins

WEATHERSFIELD – Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Youngstown man in connection with a string of area shed break-ins last month.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Bradley S. Salus, 35, on a felony charge of breaking and entering.

Seven sheds were burglarized along the adjoining Morris Lane, Aspen Drive and Woodland Trail early in the morning of June 15, according to police reports.

Items such as lawn mowers, weed cutters, tool boxes and snow blowers were stolen. One of the victims reported approximately $5,000 in lawn equipment was taken.

Weathersfield police said investigators were able to collect DNA evidence from several of the crime scenes, which led them to Salus.

“That evidence was sent to BCI and they processed it,” police Chief Joseph P. Consiglio said Monday afternoon. “Shortly after, we were notified that there was a hit.”

In addition to the break-ins in Weathersfield, according to court records, Salus is also facing felony breaking and entering charges in Mahoning County.

Records show Salus has been convicted numerous times, which include charges of burglary in 1997 and 2002, grand theft in 1999 and 2007, and breaking and entering in 2012.

Consiglio commended the work of Weathersfield officers for continued efforts in this case.

“They did an outstanding job,” Consiglio said. “The fact that they were able to collect that evidence and it was able to be used forensically, that is just really good investigative work.”