Trumbull cops: ‘Observant citizens’ help catch vehicle burglary suspect
TRUMBULL — Police apprehended a juvenile near Church Hill Road early Thursday after a resident reported him knocking on their door around 3 a.m. and asking to use their cellphone so he could get a ride home.
Officers arrested the West Haven teen, after another citizen notified an officer a juvenile was walking around like he “partied too much” and was asking to use his cell phone, said Lt. Brian Weir.
The man pointed to where the teen should be before officers apprehended him.
“A resident first notified Trumbull police that juveniles were breaking into cars in the Edison Road area, and were traveling in a black BMW,” Weir said.
“An arriving officer located the BMW in the middle of the roadway with no lights on and the rear door open. An individual was then observed running from a nearby driveway, and entering the BMW.
“Officers confirmed that the BMW had been reported stolen, but the vehicle ignored the police emergency lights and siren in attempts to stop the vehicle as it sped away,” Weir said.
Officers actively investigated the area and learned of several unlocked vehicles parked in residential driveways that had also been rummaged through.
Once the 15-year-old juvenile was identified, “it was learned that he is the suspect in numerous other similar larceny and stolen motor vehicle cases, and currently has several other pending cases for similar arrests,” Weir said.
The teen, who was charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, is scheduled to appear in New Haven Juvenile Court. He was released to the custody of his mother.
Police reminded residents to always lock their vehicles, remove all packages and valuables, and never leave their keys inside.
“As always, please report anything suspicious as it occurs.” police said.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Trumbull Police Department at (203) 261-3665.