Bridgeport man charged in Darien car theft

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The Darien Police Department at 25 Hecker Avenue in Darien, Conn on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

The Darien Police Department at 25 Hecker Avenue in Darien, Conn on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

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DARIEN — A Bridgeport man has been charged in connection with a motor vehicle theft from a Patricia Lane home in 2019, police said.

Hector Rios, 19, was arrested on May 25 for second-degree larceny of a motor vehicle and weapons in a motor vehicle. Darien officers took Rios into custody at the Milford Police Department, where he was being held on unrelated charges, police said.

Police Sgt. James Palmieri said the Patricia Lane residents awoke on Nov. 9, 2019, to find their 2010 Jeep Wrangler missing from their driveway. The vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys inside.

Later that month, Palmieri said Darien police learned the Jeep “had engaged Bridgeport police in pursuit in their jurisdiction, and that the suspect had gotten away on foot after crashing the Jeep into a parked car.”

Detectives responded to the vehicle, Palmieri said, in which a firearm made to look like a Desert Eagle gun was found.

“Trace evidence recovered on the Jeep lead investigators to a suspect, identified as Hector Rios,” Palmieri said.

Palmieri said Darien police obtained a warrant for Rios’ arrest.

After being taken into custody in Milford, Palmieri said Rios was taken to Darien police headquarters and arrested on the local charges. Rios was held on $100,000 bond and his next court date is July 19.

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