Police: Trumbull resident’s tip leads to teen’s arrest in car burglaries

Trumbull police apprehended a suspect after a resident reported seeing someone checking vehicle doors in their driveway.

Trumbull police apprehended a suspect after a resident reported seeing someone checking vehicle doors in their driveway.

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TRUMBULL — Police are crediting an alert resident with aiding in the arrest of a teen suspected of stealing from unlocked vehicles in the Park Lane area early Monday morning.

According to police, a resident reported seeing a person checking the doors of vehicles parked in their driveway on their surveillance system around 3 a.m. The first arriving officer reported seeing an individual run from a nearby home and get into an SUV. The vehicle sped away, colliding with the officer’s patrol car, police said. The officer sustained minor injuries and did not require medical treatment, police said.

Although the SUV got away, police said officers spotted Christian Vargas, 18, of Waterbury, in a nearby driveway. Police said he was in possession of two pairs of sunglasses that were identified as having been stolen from nearby vehicles.

Police said they later determined Vargas was not the suspect who had been identified on the resident’s surveillance video. No other victims have come forward, and it is not clear whether any property was stolen from other vehicles in the neighborhood, police said.

Vargas was charged with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny. Bond was set at $1,000 for court June 21.

Police are remind residents to lock their vehicles, remove all packages and valuables, and never leave their keys inside their vehicle. Residents are also asked to report suspicious people or activity immediately and dial 911 for emergencies.

Anyone with information about Monday’s incident can call Trumbull police at 203-261-3665.