Stamford teen arrested in theft of 2 vehicles
STAMFORD - A second teen on a wild stolen car spree that left a valuable car stolen from Stamford wrecked during a pursuit on Interstate-95 in Norwalk in July has been charged with stealing two vehicles, Stamford police say.
Property Crimes Sgt. Sean Scanlan said Lamar Pierce, 18, of Stamford, was charged with stealing two cars on July 19 and leaving one of them, a valuable Audi, crashed on the thruway in Norwalk. He is being held in lieu of a $200,000 court appearance bond and will be arraigned at the Stamford courthouse today.
Scanlan said early in the morning of July 19, police were called to Woodridge Drive South in Stamford on the report of someone breaking into vehicles in the area.
When a patrol car got to the Turn of River neighborhood they saw an Audi drive down the road and a figure dressed in red run from the back of a nearby property toward the Audi and then upon seeing the police car, run away again.
The alleged driver of the Audi, Pierce, refused to pull over and led the officer on a pursuit on High Ridge Road and then northbound on the Merritt. Stamford police broke off the pursuit on the Merritt Parkway because of excessive and dangerous speeds, Scanlan said.
But the chase was picked up in Norwalk on Route 7 and Interstate 95 before driver crashed the car and bolted from the vehicle near exit 16.
About two hours after that chase began a neighbor pointed out his stolen Ford driving down the street to a police officer taking a report and a second chase began. That chase ended with spike strips on the Merritt in New Canaan and the 17-year-old Bridgeport car thief arrested.
But Scanlan said earlier that day, Pierce and the juvenile stole a Nissan from Milford and that is what the two used to drive to Stamford, where they looked to steal more cars.
Pierce is charged with first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny, reckless driving and operating without a license.