Man held in Southington burglary, multitown chase

Published on Friday, 27 October 2017 22:26


SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain man led police on a car chase early Friday after allegedly breaking into a local woman’s home.

George Degrandis, 39, allegedly left the house and drove through New Britain before getting on Route 9, eventually being caught in Middletown, according to police.

He has also been charged in connection with two warrants concerning two other incidents involving the same victim.

Southington police said Degrandis broke into an ex-girlfriend’s home, fleeing when the woman called police. According to police, a protective order prohibits contact between Degrandis and the woman.

Police said Degrandis took the woman’s dog and got into a motor vehicle. Shortly thereafter, Southington officers saw the vehicle and tried to pull him over. Police said Degrandis continued driving and got onto I-84 eastbound. The chase continued onto Route 72 into New Britain, where Degrandis got off the highway.

New Britain police officers assisted in the chase, but Degrandis drove onto Route 9 south and was not stopped until Middletown, where state police used stop sticks to disable the vehicle.

He was charged with second-degree burglary, violation of a protective order, fifth-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief, engaging police in pursuit, misuse of registration plates, reckless driving and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

The two warrants for Degrandis’ arrest, according to police, allege that he entered into the same woman’s home without permission on Oct. 1 and Oct. 18. They charge him with second- and third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with a 911 call, operating a motor vehicle under suspension and two counts each of violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct.

Degrandis is being held on bond and was scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Friday. His cases were continued.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Southington Herald on Friday, 27 October 2017 22:26. Updated: Friday, 27 October 2017 22:28.