Fairfield Police: Teens had been breaking into cars
FAIRFIELD— An alert police officer, who saw three teens walking in the rain early Saturday, may have solved some car break-ins before their owners even knew what happened.
Officer Romaine Chamberlain stopped the three who were walking on Melville Avenue, headed toward Montauk Street. When he asked the trio, who live in Bridgeport, what they were doing, they said they were lost and trying to find their way home.
It was about 2:30 a.m. April 22, and according to Chamberlain, one of them, Kareem Rowe, 18, was holding a laptop behind his back. He said he often brought his laptop with him if he needed internet access. According to the report, Rowe didn’t have an answer when asked why he didn’t just use the iPhone he was holding in his other hand. In his pocket, police said, Rowe had several cell phone chargers.
Sticking out of the pocket of the 17-year-old juvenile was a pair of earbuds, which he said he brought with him from home.
Due to recent car break-ins, the three were separated, and Rowe and Demethre Neil, also 18, were read their rights and questioned.
Rowe allegedly admitted he and the juvenile had been breaking into cars on Wilson Street and Buena Vista Road, and pointed out a Chevy Blazer on Melville Avenue from which they’d stolen some loose change. All the cars they entered were unlocked.
Police said Rowe had five iPhone chargers, two McDonald’s gift cards, a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, a Subway gift card, $59 in cash, $12.92 in loose change, the Surface laptop and five credit cards.
None of the three could give police the correct names on the credit cards, although Neil claimed they had been given to him and were not stolen.
The juvenile had two iPhone earbuds, a small amount of pot, a gold necklace with a diamond pendant, an iPod, and a coin tray from a car that held $16.33 in change.
Neil said although he was with Rowe and the 17-year-old, he did not take part in breaking into the cars.
Police said at least eight cars in the neighborhood had been entered.
Rowe, who lives on Savoy Street, was charged with eight counts each of third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, and seven counts each of sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. He was also charged with one count each of fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny.
Neil, of Ezra Street, was charged with seven counts each of conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, and one count each of fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny.
The juvenile received the same charges as Rowe, and was also charged with possession of marijuana.
Rowe and Neil were held on $2,500 bonds and are scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on May 5. The juvenile was released to his mother and also given a May 5 court date.