Hartford Police have arrested a man and a juvenile after Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford was broken into and multiple items were stolen on Friday.
Police responded to the Dunkin' Donuts Park on Main Street around 9:44 a.m. in response to a burglary complaint. Officers determined that a juvenile, and a man, later identified as Yuan Dariel Cruz-Fuentes, entered the stadium around 3:15 a.m. According to police, they ransacked the stadium and forced entry into various areas within the stadium. Numerous items were stolen including Yard Goats memorabilia and the baseball from the stadium's first pitch.
Detectives gathered video surveillance footage of the incident and a flier was disseminated in an attempt to identify the suspects.
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Later on Friday, officers were called to Marshalls on Newfield Avenue for reports of a larceny. When officers took the juvenile involved into custody, they say they immediately recognized that the person fit the description of one of the stadium burglary suspects. Investigators say the juvenile's backpack was found outside the store and contained five of the stolen stadium baseballs, including a distinctive Yard Goats player signed ball.
Officers say the juvenile was transported to the Major Crimes Division and was debriefed in front of their guardian. The juvenile later provided a sworn written confession to the burglary.
Through social media, detectives say they were able to develop Cruz-Fuentes as a second suspect. When officers responded to his residence on Park Street, they say they found the remaining stolen items including two autographed baseballs, an autographed hat, a DJI drone, an iPad and miscellaneous Yard Goats merchandise.
During the investigation, officers say heroin and cocaine packaged for sale was found at Cruz-Fuentes' residence. He was later transported to the Major Crime Division where he provided a sworn written statement detailing his participation in the burglary, according to police.
The juvenile was issued a juvenile summons for charges including burglary, larceny, criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit burglary. The juvenile was processed by detectives and then released to the custody of a guardian.
Cruz-Fuentes is facing charges including burglary, larceny, criminal mischief, possession of narcotics and possession of narcotics with intent to sell. He is being held on $250,000 bond.
The Yard Goats released a statement thanking Hartford Police for their help recovering the stolen items.
"We'd like to thank the Hartford Police Department for their diligent response and quick work resolving this situation. The items recovered have tremendous sentimental value to the city, including the first ball ever pitched at Dunkin' Donuts Park," Tim Restall, the President of the Hartford Yard Goats said in a statement.