An automatic license plate reader helped Darien Police catch a Trumbull man who is suspected of burglarizing numerous homes and cars in Darien recently.
Police said the device, known as an LPR, recorded the plate numbers of a car registered to someone who had information that led to the arrest of Nelson Emilio Rivera, 24, and Bridgeport resident Livelle Sampson, 21. Police said they searched Sampson’s Rock Ridge Circle home and found numerous stolen items including a shotgun and a .25-caliber automatic handgun.
Sampson was later arrested and held on a $50,000 bond. Rivera turned himself in to police after learning there was a warrant for his arrest. He was also held on $50,000 bond and was arraigned in Stamford Court.
Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Marron said this investigation could lead to solving numerous burglaries across Fairfield County, as some items were found that appeared to be stolen goods from as yet unidentified victims.
“This is a perfect example of current of technology coupled with old fashioned police work,” Marron told The Times. “It really benefited and aided in the investigation in solving several crimes that took place over an extended period of time.”
Marron also said additional arrests are likely, and that inter-agency cooperation has been crucial during the investigations
“Detectives worked really hard on it,” Marron said. “It’s a good example of networking between several agencies.”
License plate readers automatically scan hundreds of vehicles a day in Darien. The suspect vehicle used to commit these crimes had driven past the patrol car on the night the incidents took place, police said. The reader automatically scanned the license plate and the data was later downloaded as part of the investigation. Police have been using the reader in town for three years.
Rivera was charged with one count of second degree burglary, one count of third degree burglary, two counts of illegal use of a credit card, and two counts of credit card theft. Sampson was charged with second degree burglary. Police have not released how many homes and cars the two burglarized. But they are linked to the early Monday, June 18, crimes that involved nearly 20 cars and two homes near the high school. The investigation is ongoing.