Man charged with car break-in spree in Stratfield area
Updated 5:14 pm, Friday, July 22, 2011
A Bridgeport man broke into several vehicles in the Fairfield Woods Road area Thursday night, then fled on foot from police before being captured near the Stratfield Mobil gas station at Fairfield Woods and Stratfield roads, police said.
Giovanny Colon, 22, of Stratford Avenue in Bridgeport, smashed the rear vent windows to gain entry into several vehicles, according to Sgt. Suzanne Lussier, a police spokeswoman.
Events started to unfold just before 10 p.m. Thursday when a resident of Dogwood Green Condominiums heard the alarm on her husband's Lexus start sounding. When she went outside to check, she saw the rear vent window was smashed and the glove box and console had been rummaged through, She called police.
While investigating at the condo complex, officers found the window on a Mitsubishi smashed, while the door of a Toyota was ajar and its glove box was open. Several Lockwood Road homeowners, a block away, also reported their cars were broken into.
Reports were still coming in Friday morning, including a GPS unit and sunglasses taken form a car on Prospect Avenue.
A tee shirt was left behind in one car by the suspect, police said, and an L.A. Dodgers baseball cap in another.
When Colon was spotted crossing from Fairfield Woods Road near Melville Avenue, close to the Dogwood Green condos, officers started chasing him. He was taken into custody in front of the gas station at 1271 Stratfield Road, Lussier said.
Colon was charged with four counts of third-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree criminal mischief, interfering with police, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served with two outstanding warrants from Bridgeport and one from MTA police for failure to appear.
He was released after posting $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Aug. 1 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Police Chief Gary MacNamara said the investigation into Stratfield area car break-ins is continuing. Anyone whose vehicle was disturbed should contact police, MacNamara said, so investigators can determine the extent of the break-in spree.