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Two Youths Arrested In Auto Theft Incident

Published: November 13, 2017

This story was updated November 15 to include information on related charges.

On the morning of November 13, police arrested two 16-year-old boys on multiple charges stemming from an auto theft incident that started overnight on Baldwin Road, a side street extending from Sugar Street (Route 302).

Police spokesman Lieutenant Aaron Bahamonde said that at 2:30 am on November 13, Newtown police received a call from Danbury police informing them that Danbury police had recovered an Audi auto that apparently was stolen stolen from Baldwin Road. Danbury police told Newtown police that the Audi had been involved in an accident in Danbury, after which the Audi’s occupants fled from the Audi and then stole a Honda Civic, which was parked near the accident scene.

At about 4:30 am, Newtown police received a call from a resident on Sleepy Hollow Road, which is a dead-end street off Valley Field Road, reporting that a suspicious car was stuck in the resdent’s driveway, police said. As police arrived there, the occupants of that Honda Civic, which had been stolen from Danbury after the auto accident, fled the scene on foot, police said.

Newtown police then called in Brookfield police, Monroe police, and state police to bring their tracking dogs to search for the two youths who had fled from the Honda.

Newtown police Sergeant Doug Wisentaner had police officers set up a perimeter of the neighborhood until the police dogs arrived.

Then, as Sgt Wisentaner was arriving in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood, a Cadillac Escalade SUV was seen leaving a driveway. Sgt Wisentaner stopped at the end of driveway to question the driver of the Cadillac, after which its driver spun the vehicle around on the front lawn and the suspects jumped from the Cadillac and ran into a nearby wooded area.

The suspects could not be immediately found. Later that morning, Newtown police located and arrested the two boys.

One of the boys was found hiding in an unlocked vehicle in the same area as the abandoned stolen car, police said. The other boy was found walking on School House Hill Road and in possession of multiple stolen items taken from from several vehicles, police said. Those stolen items included wallets and automotive navigation units.

Lt Bahamonde said, “This case is very active and ongoing and involves several towns, including Danbury and Bethel. Our detectives are processing the stolen vehicles for evidence,and police expect to make more arrests in the near future for other possible suspects and additional charges are possible for the two juveniles still in custody.”

Police later said that the two youths acknowledged having been involved in a spate of vehicular criminal incidents in town overnight on November 9-10.

Lt Bahamonde said November 15 that police would seek warrants for the two boys’ arrests in connection with those incidents.

On November 13, the two arrested boys were released into their parents’ custody and will face criminal charges in Bridgeport Juvenile Court.

Each of the two boys was charged with second-degree larceny, third-degree larceny, fifth-degree larceny, third-degree burglary, interfering with police, and criminal trover. The trover charge concerns criminal liability for damage to a stolen vehicle.

Because the boys are under age 18, police did not disclose their identities, but did confirm that they are residents of Newtown.

Police stress the need to remove vehicles’ keys and keep vehicles locked when unattended, noting that the vehicles stolen in the incident had been left unlocked.

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