DNA Match Leads To Arrest of 19-Year-Old Man for Theft of Car Last Year from New Canaan


Police on Tuesday arrested a 19-year-old Waterbury man by warrant and charged him with first-degree larceny, a felony offense, in connection with the theft of a car last year.

On March 3, 2017, authorities took a complaint of a motor vehicle stolen from a Carter Street home overnight, according to a police report.

The Audi Q5 had been unlocked in the driveway with the key inside, the report said.

It later was recovered by Connecticut State Police, who found the vehicle abandoned on Route 8 in Waterbury, it said.

Investigators with the New Canaan Police Department traveled to the location and processed the vehicle for DNA and fingerprints, the report said.

in October, a state forensic laboratory found a positive DNA match for Jose Diaz of Toros Avenue in Waterbury, the report said. On April 17, New Canaan Police traveled to state Superior Court in Waterbury to serve the warrant on Diaz. He was held on $75,000 bond and scheduled to appear the next day in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

Police reminded residents that crimes such as these car thefts are preventable by locking up vehicles and not leaving the keys inside.

Diaz also is facing several charges from Waterbury Police, following his Nov. 6 arrest for first-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover and interfering with an officer.

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