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New Milford police charge former special needs student with back-to-back Krauszers burglaries

Photo Credit: Courtesy NEW MILFORD PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: It didn’t take New Milford police detectives long to track down and charge a 21-year-old former special needs student who they said stolen several packs of cigarettes — yet left most of them behind — during a pair of overnight burglaries at a local Krauszers.

Ryan Wiechnicki was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief following the River Road break-in through a front door window just before 2 a.m. yesterday, Detective Kevin Van Saders said.

Detectives who reviewed the store’s video surveillance also tied Wiechnicki to a previous attempted burglary at the same Krausers less than 24 hours earlier, Van Saders said.

They released him on a court summons.

Wiechnicki was free on bail after authorities in April charged him with molesting a 15-year-old classmate backstage at the Ridgefield High School auditorium (SEE: Ridgefield High School special needs student, 21, charged with molesting classmate).

Police said Wiechnicki was participating in the district’s STRIVE program where dozens of developmentally disabled students aged 18-21 who have completed their high school academic requirements learn and practice skills that will prepare them for life.



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