Second man charged in November burglaries in Westport
Updated 3:26 pm, Monday, October 30, 2017
WESTPORT — A second Stratford man is facing theft charges stemming from a November incident in which several cars were broken into in the Compo Beach neighborhood, police said.
Reynaldo Canales, 23, of Stratford, was arrested by Westport police on Thursday after a monthslong investigation that resulted in an accomplice’s arrest in July.
Last November, Westport police investigated reports of several car break-ins that occurred in the area of Soundview Drive and Fairfield Avenue.
Police said the following morning, a victim of the incident informed police one of the credit cards, which had been stolen out of her car, had been used fraudulently.
An investigation into the charge revealed 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.
Days later, police located the victim’s debit cards, her license and other items stolen from Westport cars in Stratford’s Paradise Green section.
With assistance from Fairfield and Trumbull police departments, Westport detectives identified the suspects as Canales, who was driving his girlfriend’s car at the time, and his accomplice, 20-year-old Joseph Finnegan, also of Stratford.
Canales was charged with nine counts of third-degree burglary from a motor vehicle, four counts of sixth-degree larceny from a motor vehicle, fourth-degree larceny from a motor vehicle, illegal use of a stolen credit card and credit card theft. He was held on a $60,000 bond, and he was arraigned in court on Thursday morning.