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Duo Charged in Greenwich Home Invasion

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Two men police labeled “career criminals” are facing charges of breaking into a home on Buena Vista Drive in Greenwich last weekend. Police said they might be linked to recent car burglaries in Byram.

Arrest warrants were obtained for the pair after they were identified from images taken on home surveillance cameras during the June 18 break-in. The two broke a pane in a glass front door around 10 p.m., setting off an alarm system and waking the homeowner and his young son, police said. The homeowner called 911 and yelled at the duo, who fled, eluding capture, police said.

Investigators notified Harrison, N.Y., police Tuesday afternoon of an active extraditable warrant for Thomas Haywood, 48, of 33 Lincoln Avenue in New Rochelle, N.Y., who was in custody for motor vehicle charges. Haywood has not waived extradition and is being detained at Valhalla Correctional Facility in New York.

On Tuesday, Wicky Guy Austin McGhee, 46, whose last known address was 218 Norman St. in Bridgeport, was taken into custody by Greenwich and Stamford police at an unidentified home in Stamford. Both men face charges of home invasion, criminal mischief and possession of burglar tools. McGhee was held on a $250,000 bond and was due in court Thursday.

According to Lt. Kraig Gray, spokesman for the Greenwich Police Department, the two may be linked to a string of recent car burglaries in Byram.

On Sunday, a patrol officer noticed an unsecured, unfamiliar car in an area of Byram that is known to be a hot spot for thefts. The car’s driver returned to the car, but fled on foot on seeing police. In plain view in the car was a crowbar. The vehicle was towed to the Greenwich Police Department’s headquarters.

On Monday, a search and seizure warrant was obtained for the burgundy-colored Mercedes. Police said they found evidence that would link Haywood and McGhee to the break-in. Police are continuing to investigate a connection between the men and the car thefts.

Gray said the pair are also suspects in numerous other crimes in lower Fairfield and Westchester counties.

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