BETHEL — Officers working the midnight shift on Friday were able to stop alleged burglars in their tracks, police said.
Fabian Rodriguez, 34, of Jewett Street in Ansonia, was charged with attempted burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, interfering with police, larceny of a vehicle and criminal mischief, according to police.
Shortly after 4 a.m. Friday, police pulled into the parking lot of the Wheels Sunoco gas station on Stony Hill Road and spotted a red Ford Econoline van parked in front of the building. At this time, the gas station was closed.
Then, the officers spotted two people dressed all in black, wearing ski masks, trying to break into the front doors of the store on the property, police said.
“Upon seeing the officers, both suspects ran around the opposite side of the building and fled on foot,” a news release said.
Bethel police activated the town’s mutual aid agreement and Brookfield, Newtown and Connecticut State Police units responded to help the Bethel officers search for the suspects.
A state police dog, Union, tracked the suspects along the back of the gas station property and led police into Newtown.
Around 4:33 a.m., Union apprehended one of the suspects, later identified as Rodriguez, and officers took him into custody.
“[Rodriguez] was transported to Danbury Hospital for injuries sustained from a K9 bite,” police said. Officers allegedly found a pair of gloves and a ski mask in Rodriguez’s possession at the time of his arrest.
Rodriguez is being held in lieu of bail pending a court appearance, police said. His bail amount was not provided.
During their investigation, Bethel police found that the van at the scene of the attempted burglary was stolen Friday morning out of Bridgeport.
“It was also determined that the front doors and lock mechanism to the Wheel’s gas station were tampered with and damaged as a result of both suspects’ attempts to break in to the establishment,” police said. “Nothing was taken from the establishment and suspects were unsuccessful in entering the store.”
The investigation is ongoing as police work to track down and arrest the second suspect.