Stratford man charged in 2016 car break-ins
Published 3:55 pm, Friday, July 14, 2017
WESTPORT — A Stratford man is facing theft charges stemming from a November 2016 incident in which several cars were broken into in the Compo Beach neighborhood, police said.
In November, Westport police investigated reports of several car break-ins that occurred in the area of Soundview Drive and Fairfield Avenue.
Police said that the following morning, a victim of the incident informed police that one of her credit cards, which had been stolen out of her car, had been used fraudulently.
An investigation into the charge revealed that the card was used at Exxon Mobil gas station on Main Street in Stratford.
A review of video footage from the gas station showed two males exiting a green Nissan sedan and entering the store to buy multiple boxes of cigarettes with the stolen credit card.
With assistance from Fairfield and Trumbull police departments, Westport detectives identified one of the suspects as 20-year-old Joseph Finnegan, of Stratford.
Finnegan was charged with conspiracy to commit credit card theft, conspiracy to commit illegal use of a credit card and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. He was released on a $5,000 bond, and he is expected in court on July 24.
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