Police: Bridgeport teen, 15, caught with stolen car at Trumbull mall

Police say a Bridgeport teen, 15, was arrested at the Westfield Trumbull Mall after running from a stolen car that was in a hit-and-run crash with a pedestrian.

Police say a Bridgeport teen, 15, was arrested at the Westfield Trumbull Mall after running from a stolen car that was in a hit-and-run crash with a pedestrian.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

TRUMBULL — A Bridgeport teen is facing charges after police said he fled from a stolen car parked at the Westfield Trumbull Mall Monday afternoon. 

The 15-year-old, whose name was not released due to his age, was charged with first-degree larceny and interfering with police.

An officer patrolling near the mall around 5:30 p.m. Monday spotted a Toyota RAV4 that had been reported stolen the day before in Bridgeport. The car had also been involved in a hit-and-run crash with a pedestrian earlier that day, police said. Police did not provide information about where the crash happened or the condition of the pedestrian.

After the 15-year-old and his passenger parked in the mall lot, they were approached by a group of five people, police said. As officers approached the car, police said the two occupants ran away.

The teen was apprehended while the others got away, according to police. Police said he was arrested and found carrying a flathead screwdriver.

Police said the teen gave police a false name and date of birth, but they were later able to identify him. 

The teen was released to his aunt on a promise to appear in court, police said. He is due to a appear in juvenile court in Bridgeport on Dec. 28.