A 33-year-old Bridgeport man was charged last week with trying to break into cars.

An officer on patrol in the Grasmere area around 3:30 a.m. last Tuesday saw a man standing in the street, near a white SUV. When the police officer approached, the man began to walk away. In his pocket, the officer noticed a knife handle, according to the report.

Raymond Echevarria, of Clinton Avenue in Bridgeport, was stopped and searched. On the passenger seat of the SUV, according to the report, was a cell phone and tablet. Checking the area, police said they found another car with the door ajar. Just prior to that, police received a report of a car alarm going off.

Echevarria admitted that he was in the area to break into cars, according to the report, and had opened the door of the other car.

He was charged with criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia for a crack pipe in his possession, and reckless use of the highway by a pedestrian. Echevarria was released on a promise to appear July 6 in state Superior Court in Bridgeport.