Alleged car thief arrested in Fairfield, police search for accomplices
FAIRFIELD — One man is in custody and police are searching for two more suspects in connection with a stolen Toyota Prius, a slew of car break-ins, and a second stolen car in the Oldfield Road area that was later recovered in Milford.
The incident began unfolding around 3 a.m. Monday when a Blake Drive resident called to report her Prius missing. She said she was awakened by a noise outside and, when she looked out her window, saw a car turning around in a neighbor’s driveway and her vehicle gone.
An officer responding to the report spotted the Prius driving with its headlights off and tried to block it with his patrol car. The Prius, however, drove around the officer and was turning off of Oldfield Road onto Ruane Street when it lost control and hit the curb, blowing out one of the tires.
Two people got out of the car and began to run away. One of the two, Dajuan Bostic, who was a passenger in the car, was taken into custody. Police are still looking for the driver and a third man they believe drove Bostic and the driver to Fairfield.
Bostic said he didn’t really know the other two men and allegedly said they had been driving around Fairfield, looking for cars to break into. He also initially told police he was 17, but admitted to being 19 when told he would have to call his parents. The police reports state Bostic, of Ivy Street, New Haven, also gave numerous reasons, at first, as to why they were in Fairfield.
There were several unlocked cars entered in the area late Sunday and early Monday, including one on Spinning Wheel Road, three on Fairfield Place, three on Mona Terrace, two on Southfield Road, and two on Overhill Road.
In one instance, a 2011 Lincoln MKX, was taken from Mona Terrace. The car’s owner said he arrived at a friend’s house around 6 a.m. to work out, and when he went to leave around 7:15 a.m., his car was gone. He said the car was unlocked and the key fob inside.
The Lincoln was later discovered by Milford police, the engine running and the key fob inside, parked in a driveway on Beaverbrook Road. A State Police canine was called to the scene but was unable to track the suspect. There were several motor vehicle break-ins reported in that area as well, according to police.
A tablet was taken from another car on Mona Terrace, while an Overhill Road resident reported a Canon camera taken from their car. Other missing items include a $50 Disney princess doll set, a purse, loose change and a speaker.
According to police, Bostic is alleged to have been involved in recent thefts, including the theft of a gun, in the Clinton area.
There was also a warrant for Bostic out of New Haven for failure to appear.
Bostic was charged with second-degree larceny and interfering with an officer and held on bonds totaling $25,000. He was given a court date of Dec. 12.
In what police believe is an unrelated incident, a Knapps Highway resident also reported a Volkswagen Tiguan stolen Saturday morning. The victim said she discovered the car gone when she went to leave for work around 7:30 a.m. According to the police report, she said the VW was locked but that the key fob for the push button start was in the car.
The owner’s manual for the car, as well as a purse stolen from a neighbor’s unlocked car, were later found on Chatham Road.