Police: Forest Street Man Arrested While Breaking into Cars on Locust Avenue


A 22-year-old Forest Street man faces a felony charge after police arrested him for breaking into a car on nearby Locust Avenue before dawn Sunday.

At about 3:33 a.m. on Aug. 2, police received an eyewitness’s report of a suspicious male in the area of an apartment complex who had been trying to break into cars, according to Lt. Jason Ferraro of the New Canaan Police Department.

The arrested man had broken into one car and attempted to break into two others, stealing an iPhone, cigarettes and cash, according to a police report. A final tally of stolen items is yet to come, as the investigation is ongoing, police said.

The eyewitness, a resident of the apartment complex, observed the Forest Street man inside a car he’d broken into, then confronted him, according to the report. After the eyewitness asked what the man was doing, the man quickly closed the car door and walked away, prompting the eyewitness to phone police, according to the report.

The man was charged with one count of second-degree burglary, two counts of attempted burglary and one count of fifth-degree larceny.

He was released on $25,000 and scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford.

Ferraro noted that Apollo, the department’s new K-9 dog, had been working a shift downtown at the time, and responded to the scene. Had the Forest Street man fled on foot, the dog would have been able to track him down, Ferraro said.

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