Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

A Connecticut Nightmare

A Second House

Down the street from the Bergamo family lives David Hick, along with his wife and three children. While the Hick family slept early Sunday morning, thieves entered their house through the back door and took credit cards, cash and a cell phone. And, most disturbing to the family, the burglars stole a family photo of David Hick and his wife.

"That's one thing that is really bothering us," Hick told a reporter after the Petit tragedy. Could the thieves have been targeting the Hickses?

In his correspondence with Brian McDonald, Joshua Komisarjevsky admits to burglarizing the Hick house with Steven Hayes, saying they wanted more cash after being disappointed at the Bergamo home. But Komisarjevsky downplays the significance of the stolen photo, saying it's just that thieves need to know what their victims look like. "It's information a burglar needs to know," he says.

But after having his home broken into and reflecting on the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, David Hick said "What happened to them could have happened to us just as easily."

After robbing the Bergamo and Hick families, Joshua Komisarjevsky said, he and Steven Hayes called it a night. They finished their first evening together as partners in crime with less cash than they wanted, but the younger, yet more experienced Komisarjevsky says he was happy that Hayes was beginning to feel more comfortable inside other people's homes and the two were working together as a team.

When they left Country Club Road early Sunday morning, they were ending the night but had begun preparing for a bigger, more serious heist. According to Komisarjevsky, Steven Hayes was frustrated at the first night's loot. Hayes needed more money and he needed it fast.


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