Oklahoma man breaks into Naugatuck home


NAUGATUCK – An out-of-state worker broke into a home early Wednesday morning for no apparent reason.

Just after 3 a.m., Derrick Kelly, 30, of Lindsay, Oklahoma, shouldered down the door at 22 Hazel Avenue in Naugatuck, waking the homeowner and her 12-year-old daughter, according to police.

Kelly left the home in a hurry after the homeowner started screaming, said Naugatuck police administrative Lt. Robert Harrison.

“He offered no good rational explanation (as to why he was there),” Harrison said.

The man was extremely intoxicated and said he was lost, Harrison said.

“Obviously, he had no business forcing down a door and breaking into someone’s apartment,” Harrison said.

The Connecticut State Police located Kelly a few doors down with the help of a K-9. Police found Kelly sound asleep on the front porch of 34 Hazel Ave.

Kelly was working with an out-of-state work crew and staying at a local hotel, Harrison said.

Kelly was held on a $25,000 bond overnight and arraigned Thursday morning. Police set bond amounts depending on the seriousness of the crime, risk of danger to the public, and likelihood that the accused will show up in court.

“This gentleman is a transient worker from Oklahoma, so there is a risk he could go back to Oklahoma and never return,” Harrison said.

Police charged Kelly with reckless endangerment in the second degree, criminal trespass in the first degree, and breach of peace. He was not charged with burglary because he had no intent to commit a crime inside the house, Harrison said. He simply entered the residence illegally.