Two charged in series of thefts
Two people were arrested early Friday and a stolen car recovered after a patrol officer spotted four teens walking down the middle of Oldfield Road.
It was just before 1 a.m. Friday, near the intersection of Reef and Oldfield roads, when the officer approached the four youths. At that point they took off on foot, according to the report, but the officer was able to apprehend one of them, a 16-year-old from Bridgeport. He had a backpack that contained gift cards, a woman's wallet with an ID for a Mayfair Road resident, two GPS units and a green change purse.
A K-9 officer dispatched from the Norwalk police tracked another suspect to a backyard on Oldfield Road, later identified as Mark Soto, 18, of Hicks Street, Bridgeport. Hicks was found hiding near the tree line in Sgt. Murphy Park, across the street from police headquarters.
Soto apologized for running from police. Nearby was a Volvo, with all its windows rolled down, which police said had been stolen from a driveway on Windsor Road. The key to the car was found on the ground where police first made contact with the suspects.
Inside the car was a green backpack with an Airsoft BB gun, a portable DVD player, a wallet from another Mayfair Road address, a GPS unit and a Swiss Army knife. The car's owner said the backpack did not belong to her.
Soto and the 16-year-old were both charged with having weapons in a motor vehicle, third-degree burglary, second-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny and interfering with an officer. Soto was held on a $1,000 bond and arraigned Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court. The juvenile was released to his father's custody and scheduled to appear Oct. 10 in Juvenile Court.
Police said the arrests are linked to a series of car break-ins on Mayfair Road and Judd Street the preceding night.