Men chased, charged with car break-ins in Stratfield area
Two Bridgeport men were taken into custody last Friday night after police said they were breaking into cars in the Jackman Avenue area.
One of the men was found hiding in woods and the other behind bushes after a foot chase that apparently included some on-duty firefighters from Fire Station 3.
Angel W. Alvarado-Vazquez, 33, of Fairfield Avenue, and Samuel Martinez, 43, of Olive Street, were both charged with four counts of third-degree burglary, three counts of sixth-degree larceny and one count each of interfering with an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The incident began when an Edgewood Place resident heard his car alarm begin sounding around 11:30 p.m. Friday. He went outside and discovered his two cars had been entered. He saw someone running through his backyard, and a police detective later saw another man run behind the firehouse.
After they were captured, police said they found a GPS unit, 8 miscellaneous gift cards, two CVS cash cards and a 32gb memory card in the suspects' possession. Each man also had a crack pipe, police said.
Police were able to trace the items in the men's possession to neighborhood residents, who were able to identify the items stolen from their motor vehicles, according to the report.
Police said both men have extensive criminal records, with numerous arrests for larceny and robbery.
Both Martinez and Alvarado-Vazquez were held on $10,000 bonds, and scheduled to appear Oct. 8 in Bridgeport Superior Court.