Police: Three teens charged in carjacking woman at Trumbull mall

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Trumbull Police / Contributed

TRUMBULL — Police arrested three teenagers after they allegedly robbed a woman and stole her car at the Westfield Trumbull mall Thursday afternoon

A 59-year-old Trumbull woman was loading her car in the mall parking lot around 2:45 p.m. when three teenage boys demanded her car keys. At least one of the teenagers pushed her from behind and took her purse from her hands, along with her keys, the Trumbull Police Department said.

The teens then sped off toward Main Street in her car. The woman described the suspects and her car to police, who provided the information to surrounding police departments.

Police spotted the car a short time later in Danbury. The car sped off when officers approached, police said.

Officers in the area continued to search, and Monroe police found the car going south on Main Street. Police followed the car through heavy traffic back to Trumbull where other officers were waiting at the intersection of Monroe Turnpike, or Route 111, according to police.

The suspects attempted to escape and sped across the road, going south in the northbound lane of the highway for a bit. The driver, a 16-year-old boy, lost control of the car. The vehicle careened off the road and struck a signpost, police said.

The three teenagers attempted to run away, but officers with the Trumbull and Monroe police departments, as well as the Bridgeport Auto Theft Task Force, quickly apprehended them, police said.

All three suspects — one 15-year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys — were charged with first-degree larceny, third-degree robbery, robbery by carjacking, breach of peace and interfering with an officer, according to police.

The driver was also charged with reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle without a license, the police department added.

Police said the juveniles were later released to the custody of their guardians on a promise to appear in Bridgeport Juvenile Court.