A West Haven man who told police he needed money to pay his rent was charged with larceny and burglary after he took 45 cases of empty beer bottles, which he planned to redeem for the deposit fees, from Bill's Crossroads, 12 Tunxis Hill Road, early Monday.

Police stopped Orlando Lai-Claudio, 26, around 2:30 a.m. because his car headlights were not illuminated. The car was filled with the empty bottles that were taken from a storage shed behind the bar. The bar's manager was contacted and he requested that Lai-Claudio be arrested. He also was given a written warning for failing to turn on his headlights.

Also charged was Jarelys Ruiz-Adorno, 20, of Hartford, a passenger in the car. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Both were released on a written promise to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court. Lai-Claudio was given a court date of Jan. 6, while Ruiz-Adorno has a Jan. 2 court date.