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Cops: Man casing cars for thefts in gym lot

Published 12:48 pm, Monday, January 7, 2013
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A 19-year-old Bridgeport man was charged on a warrant Sunday with possession of burglary tools, stemming from an investigation last May.

According to the report, police had the parking lot at Planet Fitness, 111 Black Rock Turnpike, under surveillance because of a high number of car break-ins.

On May 8, police said they saw Eddie Ferra, of Noble Avenue, walking south on Black Rock Turnpike near the parking lot. At one point he was seen walking between two cars and watching patrons as they left the gym. After officers saw him looking in the window of a Jeep Cherokee, he was stopped, police said.

He kept putting his hands in his pockets, despite being told not to, police said. During a patdown, officers said they found a screwdriver with a bent tip in the pocket of his sweatshirt. Police said Ferra told them he used the screwdriver to gain entry to his girlfriend's house. Ferra was allowed to leave, but police kept the screwdriver and applied for the arrest warrant.

Ferra was released on a promise to appear Jan. 14 in Bridgeport Superior Court.