Update: Two Durham 18-Year Old Males Charged In Early Morning Car Break-Ins

Both suspects were apprehended by the CPD for alleged break-ins of vehicles in one area of Clinton.


Update at 11:30am: 

This morning just before 6am, Clinton Police were dispatched to a report of a car break in, where it was reported that two males were seen running from the victim’s car on East Walk. Officers Matthew Reed and David Cairns immediately responded.

Once in the area, Officer Reed located a male running on Beach Park Road, who fit the description of one of the suspects, and did not appear to be dressed in clothing consistent with a person out for a “morning jog.” Officer Reed detained this male who was subsequently identified as Kevin Ruffino-Smith, 18, of 38 Cherry Lane, Durham.

A short time later, Officer Reed located a second male identified as Calvin Alderete, 18, of 163 Mica Hill Road in Durham. Alderete was found hiding in some bushes also in the immediate vicinity of where the police were searching.

The investigation determined that both Ruffino-Smith and Alderete had spent the night with some friends at a house on Hammock Parkway. The two were charged with committing this car break in, as well as two other reported car burglaries in the area.

Both suspects were taken into custody and charged. At this time, both suspects are charged with three counts of Burglary in the Third Degree; three counts of Larceny in the Sixth Degree, and one count of Conspiracy. Alderete posted a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear at Middlesex Superior Court on September 4. Ruffino-Smith posted a $500 bond and is also scheduled to appear at Middlesex Superior Court on September 4.

Any residents of this area of Clinton who believe they too, were victims of a car break overnight, are urged to call Clinton Police at 860-669-0451.

Earlier Story:

Was your car broken-into or vandalized this morning? If so, please call or contact the right away. Their phone number is 860-669-0451.

According to police, officers were dispatched this morning (August 24) between 6am and 7am to a car break-in off East Walk (a small private road off Shore Road).  A second report followed from Beach Park Road near St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Two suspects are currently in custody for these alleged crimes, said police. 

"At this point knowing that these types of incidents usually occur in “bunches” we would like to get it out there and ask the residents of this area to see if they too may have had their vehicles entered," said police.

If so, please report it to the CPD.

Police noted that the two suspects were on foot when they allegedly burglarized the vehicles and were staying at a house on Hammock Parkway off Merrill Road.

Police said the area of concern (break-ins) is limited to this part of town.

Colleen Kelly Alexander August 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Thank you Clinton Police Officers, for responding so quickly and taking care of the community.
Cindi Barone August 24, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Thank you Clinton PD! We were so upset! your quick response was awesome!
Jim Braun August 24, 2012 at 08:58 PM
They look like they could be the two characters in the liquor store video.
Fay Abrahamsson August 24, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Jim - It would be an easy way to solve that mystery, that's for sure, but I checked with the Clinton PD and the two suspects in the liquor store sign robbery video are not the same two as the car break-in suspects.
Jim Braun August 25, 2012 at 12:17 AM
And here I was thinking I cracked the crime of the century. I think the bearded guy in the video learned how to run by watching planet of the apes.


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