Motor Vehicle Theft Arrest, 1-16-17

Over the past several weeks the Fairfield Police Department, and the towns that surround our community, have seen a measurable up-tick in vehicle break-ins and vehicle thefts. The suspects in these cases have been traveling into residential neighborhoods by car and victimizing as many vehicles that they can find UNLOCKED. In most cases they are able to steal purses, computers, GPS units, cellular phones, cash and loose change within the vehicles.

On 01/16/2016 at 02:12am a Fairfield Police Officer was conducting business checks as a result of several car thefts and burglaries in the area of Southport and Westport.  The officer observed a suspicious vehicle on the side of Pease Avenue parked, with its lights on. As he pulled up to the vehicle, four occupants jumped from the car and fled on foot into the woods nearby. Officers were able to make an immediate arrest of one of the suspects after a short foot pursuit. Officers were then notified that the vehicle was stolen out of Berlin, CT.

Fairfield Police K9 Maverick, Norwalk Police K9 Kimbo, and State Police K9 Silver, all responded to the area to assist with a track on the three additional suspects. One juvenile suspect was taken into custody near the stolen car approximately 12 minutes later, and a third suspect was seen by officers in the area and was able to run away. K9 teams tracked in the area of Post Rd. and S. Pine Creek Rd. and K9 Maverick located the suspect hiding under a vehicle near 2149 Post Rd.

James Harris (DOB 5/15/98) was arrested and charged with Larceny 3rd by possession 53a-124 and Interfering with an officer 53a-167a, after he was found in a stolen vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, along with several other suspects. He was captured a short distance away by officers.

Juvenile #1 was arrested and charged with Larceny 3rd by possession 53a-124 and Interfering with an officer 53a-167a, after he was found in a stolen vehicle, fled the scene on foot along with several other suspects, but was captured later by Officers.

Juvenile #2 was arrested and charged with Larceny 3rd by possession 53a-124 and Interfering with an officer 53a-167a, after he was found in a stolen vehicle, fled the scene on foot along with several other suspects, but was captured approximately three hours later by K9 Maverick.

A fourth Juvenile suspect was taken into custody at approximately 6am after he reported to a passerby that he was kidnapped and dropped off in the area. Fairfield officers investigated and determined that the juvenile was involved with the stolen vehicle investigation earlier.

Harris was initially held on a $20,000 bond but was later released when the State of Connecticut Bail Commissioner ordered his release on a Promise to Appear in Court.


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