Police: Off-duty Greenwich officer helped apprehend N.Y. man in stolen Mercedes

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GREENWICH — Local police arrested a 30-year-old Bronx, N.Y., man Friday behind the wheel of a Mercedes allegedly stolen out of New York City.

Greenwich police said Officer Matt Swift was off-duty when he saw the man “attempting to engage a group of young females in conversation” in a parking lot on Sound Beach Avenue, a press release said.

Police said the man’s behavior “were noted by Officer Swift to startle the subjects who were visibly uncomfortable with Reyes.”

The off-duty officer contacted the station and gave officers the plates the Mercedes drove away in. Police said the vehicle had been reported stolen out of New York City.

Marked police cruisers were sent to the area while Swift followed the Mercedes in his vehicle. Police said the driver made a U-turn at the East Putnam Avenue and Riverside Lane intersection, but Swift cut him off with his vehicle.

The other police cruisers then moved in behind the car and took the driver into custody “without incident,” police said.

Police have identified the driver of the stolen car as Pedro Reyes. He was charged with second-degree larceny. Police said he failed to post bond and remains in Greenwich police custody. Police said Reyes has a “lengthy” criminal history, including “weapon related offenses and vehicle theft.”