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Suspect Damages Vehicles Fleeing In Stolen Car

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Richard Halpin,  Jennifer Casteel (Courtesy New London Police)

Richard Halpin, Jennifer Casteel (Courtesy New London Police)

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(CBS Connecticut) – New London police say a police dog helped convince a suspect to crawl out from under the bed where he was hiding after a report of a robbery and stolen vehicle. Police say he left a trail of damage behind him when he fled.

Police say 44-year-old Richard Halapin is accused of taking a wallet from a handbag at a temporary employment agency where he had been working, and and disabling the phone when the victim tried to call 911. He then fled in the stolen vehicle.  Police say they found several vehicles that had been hit or run off the road by the stolen vehicle as he fled.

They found him hiding under a bed in an aoartnent in Truman Street,  where the dog was used to help get him out.

Halapin is charged with robbery, larceny, assault, reckless engangerment and interfering with an emergency call.  His wife,  identified as 31-year-old Jennifer Castell is charged with larceny.

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