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Burglary Tools Found, Suspects Arrested, During Suspicious Vehicle Investigation in Mansfield

On Thursday, 11/24/2022, at approximately 4:23 PM, Troopers from Troop C in Tolland responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked behind a residence on Middle Turnpike, in Mansfield. The reporting party advised Troop C that the residence was known to be unoccupied for an extended period of time. Upon arrival, responding Troopers observed a Chevrolet Cruze, parked at the rear of the residence and a male, later identified as Travis Steele, DOB 08/27/1989, of Putnam, Connecticut, putting what troopers recognized as sections of pipe into the vehicle. When asked to provide troopers with his name and date of birth, Steele initially provided troopers with false information. A female, later identified as Melissa Hachey, DOB 12/13/1991, of Putnam, Connecticut, was also found at the residence. Troopers observed copper wiring and pipe within the vehicle, and both Steele and Hachey were detained while troopers further investigated. While on-scene, investigators observed that copper wiring and pipe had been removed from within the residence.


Based upon their interactions and observations at the scene, troopers advised Steele and Hachey that they were under arrest. Prior to being transported from the scene for processing, Hachey was able to remove one of her handcuffs and actively resisted being re-secured in handcuffs. Steele also became uncooperative and actively fought troopers, interfering with efforts to secure Hachey and requiring the response of additional troopers. Once both Steele and Hachey were secured, troopers conducted a search of the vehicle and located burglary tools and drug paraphernalia, in addition to copper wiring and pipe,


EMS responded to evaluate Hachey, who requested medical attention relative to a pre-existing medical condition. Steele also requested a medical evaluation for reported injuries. Both Hachey and Steele were transported to Windham Hospital via ambulance. Following their respective medical evaluations and subsequent discharge from Windham Hospital, Steele and Hachey were transported to Troop C in Tolland, where they were processed without incident.


Travis Steele was charged with the following:


C.G.S. 53a-103 Burglary in the Third Degree

C.G.S. 53a-106 Possession of Burglary Tools

C.G.S. 53a-117 Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree

C.G.S. 53a-130 Criminal Impersonation

C.G.S. 53a-167a Interfering with an Officer

C.G.S. 53a-167c Assault on Public Safety Officer

C.G.S. 21a-267(a) Use of Drug Paraphernalia


Steele was held on a $25,000 cash/surety bond and was scheduled for arraignment on 11/25/2022, at Rockville Superior Court.


Melissa Hachey was charged with the following:


C.G.S. 53a-103 Burglary in the Third Degree

C.G.S. 53a-106 Possession of Burglary Tools,

C.G.S. 53a-117 Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree

C.G.S. 53a-167a Interfering with an Officer

C.G.S. 21a-267(a) Use of Drug Paraphernalia


Hachey was held on a $25,000 cash-surety bond and was scheduled for arraignment on 11/25/2022, at Rockville Superior Court.

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