SUVs stolen on Huckleberry Lane in Darien; one located after car chase in Westport
Two cars were stolen from a Huckleberry Lane residence between Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19, and officers investigating that theft discovered other cars in the neighborhood had been broken into.
Officers responded to Huckleberry Lane around 5:30 a.m. Sept. 19 after two 2015 Mazda CX5s were reported stolen from the driveway. The vehicles had last been seen around 11:30 the previous night.The owner reportedly told police he was unsure of where the keys had been kept as his children use the vehicles.
No evidence was discovered at the scene or through a canvass on Huckleberry Lane, but an officer found the left front door of a 2018 Toyota Highlander parked at a nearby house ajar, and the glove box open.
Westport Police Corporal Kevin Smith observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Sept. 24 on the Post Road East in Westport. A registration check for the vehicle showed it had been stolen out of Darien on Sept. 19.
Smith caught up to the suspect and attempted to initiate a vehicle stop but the suspect refused to stop.
The suspect vehicle led officers northbound on Roseville before it turned to travel eastbound on Cross Highway and then into Fairfield. The Fairfield Police Department assisted and deployed stop sticks ahead of the oncoming suspect vehicle on Congress Street, which the suspect vehicle struck. The pursuit continued up Black Rock Turnpike, onto Tanglewood and eventually onto Towne House Road where the vehicle crashed into a utility pole and the operator fled on foot. A brief foot pursuit ensued and the driver was taken into custody a short distance away by Corporal Smith and Officer Loomer with the assistance of Westport K-9 Koda. The two juvenile passengers were detained by Fairfield officers.
The two 15-year-old passengers, both from Waterbury, were transported to St. Vincent's Hospital for minor injuries. They were each issued a summons charging them with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny.
The operator was identified as Jomar Perez, 18, also of Waterbury. He was transported to St Vincent’s by Fairfield police due to minor injuries sustained as a result of a K-9 bite. During a search of the vehicle, two loaded 9mm handgun magazines were located in the driver’s side door pocket. Numerous debit/credit cards and several car keys to other vehicles were also located during the search. The vehicle and surrounding area were searched, but no firearm has been recovered.
After being released from the hospital, Perez was transported to Westport headquarters where he was charged with two counts of risk of injury, interfering with an officer, motor vehicle theft, and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny. Perez was additionally charged with disobeying the signal of an officer (elude/attempt escape,) reckless driving (not greater than 85 mph) and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Perez was held in lieu of $25,000 bond. He was transported to Norwalk Court for arraignment.
A second vehicle at the second house, a 2018 BMW was locked and undisturbed. The third vehicle in the driveway, a 2007 Toyota Avalon, was found with the front left door ajar, but nothing appeared disturbed. None of the homeowners were home at the time. The owner later told police that nothing had been taken from either of the two burglarized vehicles.
The two entered vehicles were left with the doors unlocked overnight.