Trumbull police: 3 caught breaking into cars outside apartment

Trumbull police say three Meriden residents, including two juveniles, face an array of charges, including sixth-degree larceny, after they were caught burglarizing cars.

Trumbull police say three Meriden residents, including two juveniles, face an array of charges, including sixth-degree larceny, after they were caught burglarizing cars.

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TRUMBULL — Police say three teenagers have been charged with various offenses after officers discovered them breaking into vehicles early Wednesday morning.

Trumbull police said they were called to an apartment complex in the 100 block of Oakview Drive around 3 a.m. Wednesday for a report of three people in black breaking into vehicles in the complex’s parking lot.

Responding officers located a trio matching that description, later identified as Meriden residents David Mitchell, 18, and 17-year-old and 16-year-old boys, who were standing in the roadway next to a BMW, police said.

Officers said they noticed the interior of the BMW was in disarray. When questioned, Mitchell and the two juveniles provided false information, according to police. “Bulges” in their pockets turned out to be valuables, including jewelry, key fobs, cellphones and loose change, police said.

Police determined the 16-year-old drove Mitchell and the 17-year-old to the apartment complex in his father’s Acura to break into vehicles, according to police. He had the key fob to the Acura on him, along with an e-cigarette, police said.

A search of the Acura, parked nearby, turned up marijuana, a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic handgun outfitted with a laser sight and a 17-round-capacity magazine, according to police. The handgun had no identifying numbers, police said.

Mitchell was charged with possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, interfering with an officer, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. He was held on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on Sept. 15.

The 17-year-old was issued a juvenile summons. He was charged with interfering with an officer, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.

The 16-year-old was also issued a juvenile summons. He was charged with possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of a large-capacity magazine, carrying a pistol without a permit, interfering with an officer, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, possession of marijuana and possession of an electronic cigarette.

Both juveniles were released into the custody of their parents on a promise to appear in Middletown Juvenile Court on Sept. 14, according to police.

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