Missing person turns himself in for car theft
The man who police say stole a customer's vehicle from H&L Chevrolet in Darien Tuesday morning has turned himself in, according to Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Marron.
Richard Benevides, 44, of 65 Ashton St., Bridgeport, was charged with second-degree larceny, a class-C felony. He is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond, and will appear in Stamford Superior Court later Wednesday.
According to police, Benevides is a mechanic at the Darien car dealership. After reporting for work Tuesday morning, he left some personal belongings behind, entered a customer's blue 2003 Chevy Tahoe, and drove off the dealership's property at 6:30 a.m., police said.
"He stole the vehicle yesterday to go purchase cocaine in Bridgeport," Marron said Wednesday morning. "He doesn't remember a lot about yesterday. ... At one point, he remembers running out of gas in Greenwich."
An ATM surveillance photo places him in the Bridgeport-Fairfield area at approximately 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, police said.
"At about 5 a.m. [Wednesday], he attempted to return the vehicle, thought better of it and turned himself in," Marron said.
The SUV, which belongs to a Darien resident, is in the same condition as when it disappeared Tuesday morning, but with additional mileage, according to Marron.
"I believe the owners of the vehicle were already notified and I don't think it will be held for any of our purposes," he said.