Six charged with theft from unlocked vehicle
Published 12:40 pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2013
An early-morning car break-in on a Fairfield street led to the arrest of six Bridgeport residents Tuesday, police said, including one who was also charged in connection with similar crimes here last November.
A Philemon Street resident called police just before 1 a.m. Tuesday to report that someone had just entered his unlocked car and taken his wallet and stereo speakers. He said the suspects fled in a dark-colored vehicle.
Later, police spotted a 2002 gray Geo Tracker with six people inside on Brooklawn Avenue and pulled the vehicle over. There was a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle, police said, and as officers checked the interior, they said they found the Philemon Street resident's wallet and a small amount of marijuana.
Three of the car's occupants were adults, the other three were teenagers. Police said two of the adults led them to a house in Bridgeport where, earlier in the night, they had dropped off the speakers taken on Philemon Street.
All six of the suspects were charged with fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny.
One of the adults, Deon M. Singh, 18, of French Street, Bridgeport, was found to have outstanding warrants issued in connection with thefts on Berkeley Road last November. Police allege Singh not only broke into several cars on Berkeley Road, but he also stole a Jeep Cherokee on Nov. 9. He was also charged with three counts each of third-degree burglary and larceny. Singh's bond was set at $100,000 and he was scheduled to appear March 12 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Bonds for Gaspard Nicolas, 21, of West Jackson Avenue, Bridgeport, and Kirk Porter-Smalls, 18, of Cleveland Avenue, Bridgeport, were set at $5,000 each. They also are scheduled to appear in court March 12.
The three juveniles, ages 15, 16 and 17, were released on a promise to appear in juvenile court March 13. One was also given a verbal warning for operating a motor vehicle without a license and operating an overcrowded vehicle.