The owner of Black Rock Service Center in Bridgeport was charged last week with stealing the strobe lights off another business' tow truck.

Paul Fanciulli, 35, of Victory Street in Stratford, was charged by Fairfield police with third-degree larceny and released on a $5,000 bond.

According to police, the upright strobe light bars found on a wrecker at Fanciulli's shop on Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport were taken from tow trucks owned by Route 1 Auto Body on the Post Road. The theft of the equipment, worth $4,500, was reported on Nov. 20. On Nov. 24, an employee of the Fairfield tow service said he saw what he thought were the light bars from the Route 1 shop on a Black Rock tow truck. Another employee said he saw someone from Black Rock Service checking out the light bars on his tow truck when he had made a visit to Napa Auto Parts.

Police investigated and said they determined the light bars in question looked as if they had been recently installed on the Black Rock Service wrecker. They also said that, according to State Police, Black Rock sent the truck to tow a car Nov. 19 and it had no upright strobe light bars.

Fanciulli is scheduled to appear Jan. 5 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.