Cops: Investigative trail for stolen car leads to arrest in NY
Updated 12:00 pm, Saturday, March 21, 2015
A woman whose Volkswagen Beetle was stolen from 2020 Post Road last July was surprised when a friend called a few days later to say she thought she saw the stolen car on a flatbed truck, headed down Interstate 95 near Stamford.
The friend took a picture of the truck, car and the truck's license plate, and police began the process of tracking down the VW.
Their investigation led them to City Island, N.Y., where the car believed to be the stolen Beetle was found, stripped of features. The trail also led to Alba's Auto Salvage Yard in Queens, police said last week.
The owner of Alba's, Paul MacDonnell, 53, had borrowed the flatbed from another tow operator, according to the report. During the investigation, MacDonnell allegedly said, "If I get you the car back, we won't have any problem, right" and asked for 24 hours to return the car, the report states.
MacDonnell never provided the car, and refused to divulge the name of his employee driving the tow truck.
A resident of Glen Head, N.Y., MacDonnell was arrested on a warrant March 19 and charged with second-degree larceny. He was held on a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear March 30 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.