Darien police arrest Stratford man on car theft, burglary charges

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DARIEN — A Stratford man has been arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle from a Goodwives River Road home and another vehicle burglarized on Whaling Road in December, police said.

Christopher Mulkern, 22, has been charged with third-degree burglary, illegal use of a payment card, first-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny regarding the Whaling Road incident.

He was charged with first-degree larceny of a motor vehicle and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny in connection with the Goodwives River Road incident.

Police Sgt. James Palmieri said officers responded to Whaling Road on Dec. 1 around 8:40 p.m. to investigate a car burglary. Police said a messenger bag and wallet with bank cards and identification were stolen from a parked motor vehicle.

The owner told police the cards had been used since being stolen, Palmieri said.

While canvassing the area, Palmieri said officers observed several vehicles stopped in the area of Long Neck Point Road and Pear Tree Point Road. Upon seeing officers, he said the occupants of two of the vehicles abandoned their vehicles and got into an Audi sedan, which drove off at a high rate of speed.

“Officers attempted to stop the fleeing vehicle but could not do so safely,” Palmieri said.

He said the two abandoned vehicles were a 2020 Range Rover and a 2019 Mercedes Benz, which had been removed from the residence at a Goodwives River Road earlier that evening. Both had been unlocked with the keys inside.

Palmieri said, through the ensuing investigation, Mulkern was identified as a suspect in the stolen Land Rover incident.

On Dec. 2, Mulkern was arrested by Stratford police in connection to a stolen motor vehicle in another jurisdiction. At the time of his arrest, Palmieri said Mulkern was in possession of the bank card owned by the Whaling Road homeowner.

On June 4, Palmieri said Darien police received an arrest warrant for Mulkern regarding both the stolen Range Rover and the motor vehicle burglary on Dec. 1 in town.

While in custody for incidents in other towns, Mulkerin was taken to state Superior Court in Stamford on July 8 where he was served with the warrants and presented in court. Mulkerin remains in judicial custody on a combined $200,000 bond.