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Three burglary suspects captured in Greenwich

December 3, 2018

GREENWICH — Three suspects in a commercial burglary were captured Saturday morning after attempting to evade police pursuers.

The trio, including a 17-year-old juvenile, were charged with a break-in at the Mobil gas station at 520 East Putnam Avenue.

Police said the criminal exploit began when an officer spotted unusual activity — a white van driving out of the gas station at 4 a.m. at a high rate of speed. The officer began to follow the van, which later joined up with another vehicle on Route 1.

The motorists realized that a police officer was following them, according to authorities, and the two vehicles came to a stop near Salem Street. At that point, all three men ran from the two vehicles.

“They didn’t get far,” said police Lt. John Slusarz. Two suspects were apprehended in the Millwood Association area. A third suspect, Louis Lopez, 24, was picked up on East Putnam Avenue. He was apprehended while talking on his cell phone, attempting to flag down a vehicle that was apparently coming to his aid, according to police.

Lopez, of Third Street, Ansonia, was charged with burglary, larceny, resisting arrest and conspiracy.

Also charged with burglary, larceny, criminal mischief, conspiracy and resisting arrest was Kenny Tapia, 23, of Stevens Road, Bridgeport. A 17-year-old, whose name was not released due to his age, was also charged.

Police found that one of the vehicles the trio was allegedly driving during the burglary was listed as stolen from Stratford. Details about the burglary at the gas station were not immediately available.

Bail was set at $100,000 for Lopez, and $50,000 for Tapia.

The police spokesman gave credit to the overnight officers for solid work. “We’re up and paying attention at four o’clock in the morning, and all hours of the day,” Slusarz said.

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