FAIRFIELD — A car stolen from outside of a laundromat Sunday morning was recovered by an alert officer Monday evening.

The car was left running outside of a Tunxis Hill laundromat, while the owner went inside to use the bathroom just before 9 a.m. April 9. The car, a 1995 Toyota Corolla, was spotted the next day by an officer on his way to another call.

The driver, the officer said, was acting suspicious, so he ran the plate and the car came back as stolen. He followed the car southbound on Interstate 95, and when it pulled off at exit 19, two officers were waiting on the exit ramp.

Edward Sambriski, of Holtsville, New York, said he got the car from someone else. The 47-year-old was charged with third-degree larceny and held on a $25,000 bond. Sambriski, who police said has a criminal history in New York, New Jersey and Florida, was scheduled to be arraigned in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on Tuesday.

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