Criminal charges mount against Trumbull man

Criminal charges continue to mount for a Trumbull man who was arrested by Milford and New Haven Police during a traffic stop on March 1.
Christopher Dahlinger, 27, of Huntington Turnpike, was arrested March 27 by Westport police with two January burglaries at gas stations in which thousands of dollars of cigarettes were stolen.
They charged him with a Jan. 4, 2019 break at Riverside Sunoco, 240 Riverside Avenue, in which they accused him of forcing open a door, stealing $5,000 worth of cigarettes and causing $1,400 damage to the door and a cash register. He was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and first-degree criminal mischief.
Westport police also charged Dahlinger with smashing the front window of Wheels, 786 Post Road East, on Jan. 19, 2019 before filling a garbage can with about $4,000 worth of cigarettes. They also accused him of trying to pry open the cash register which he allegedly took. He was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.
He is being detained on bond pending a May 2 appearance in Norwalk Superior Court.
On April 4 Dahlinger is scheduled to appear in Milford Superior Court on charges of third-degree burglary, first-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools and first-degree criminal mischief involving a Nov. 18, 2018 incident.
The next day he is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court for interfering with a police officer and possession of marijuana. On April 9 he’ll be in Bridgeport’s Golden Hill Street courthouse on two probation violation charges stemming from previous burglary convictions.
The first stems from his June 29, 2017 guilty plea to attempts to commit third-degree burglary and sixth degree larceny in Fairfield. That involved a storage pod used by Capitol Photo. The second stems from his Aug. 15, 2017 guilty plea to possession with the intent to sell narcotics in Stratford.
Milford Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics unit with assistance from New Haven Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement unit took Dahlinger into custody following the 9:20 p.m. traffic stop in New Haven March 1.
Dahlinger also is a suspect in crimes committed in Guilford and Amherst, Mass.