UPDATE: July 12, 2020

As of Sunay, July 12, Connecticut State Police have announced that after a 7-day investigation, many of the items stolen on this Fourth of July break in, have been recovered, including the Connecticut State Police Bushmaster rifle.

This investigation remains highly active, and Connecticut State Police-Troop D highly urge anyone with information regarding these thefts to call them at 860-779-4900.

We will continue updating you as more information comes in.

July 4, 2020:

A thief chose the early morning hours of the Fourth of July to make a rash of vehicle break in's in the typically quiet towns of Killingly and Danielson in extreme Eastern Connecticut. Connecticut State Police from Troop D were called in to investigate numerous complaints, all reporting that their vehicles had been broken into, and items appeared to have been stolen. One of the victims was Connecticut State Police Captain Timothy Madden.

The list of items missing from Captain Madden's cruiser include:

1 Department-Issued Bushmaster XM15 - Serial #L247509 - (Unloaded)

A Plastic Container with 70 rounds of .45 and .223 Caliber Ammunition

A Police Baton and Holder

A Gas Mask

A Ceramic Plate Carrier with Connecticut State Police Patches

A Raid Jacket, Rain Coat, Sweater, and Ike Jacket

A Gas Card, and a Gun Cleaning Kit

CSP has identified the suspect vehicle as a stolen, dark grey, 2018 Audi Q5, with Massachusetts plate #58VW87, the vehicle was reported stolen out of Sturbridge, Mass, which is Northwest of the Killingly/Danielson area, a quick trip up 395. Anyone with any information in regards to this theft is urged to contact Connecticut State Police Troop D at 860-779-4900.

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What an awful wake-up call for residents in the area. It's happened to me a few times over the course of my life, and it must have felt even worse for Captain Madden. That is a very dangerous weapon in the hands of the wrong person.