Man charged in theft of pizza delivery driver's car in Southington

Man charged in theft of pizza delivery driver's car in Southington



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SOUTHINGTON — An East Haven man charged with stealing two delivery driver’s cars in Meriden late last year faces new charges after police said he and an accomplice stole a pizza delivery driver’s car in Southington in December.

Carlos Ayala, 19, of 83 View Terrace, East Haven, was charged May 4 with second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny. 

In the Meriden car thefts, Ayala faces charges including first-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment and three counts of third-degree larceny.

On Dec. 28, Southington police responded to Liberty Street to investigate after a pizza delivery driver was sent to the address of a vacant home and had his car stolen.

Meriden police found the car parked at a local motel on Jan. 8 and sent swabs of DNA evidence to the state police laboratory, according to an arrest warrant.

On Jan. 29, Meriden police notified Southington that they had Christian Coria, 23, of 15 Garden St., Meriden, in custody for an unrelated stolen vehicle case and Coria told them he was involved in the Southington incident, the warrant said. 

Coria told police when the delivery driver got out of the car at the vacant Southington home, Ayala got in and drove off, the warrant said. The estimated value of the car was about $10,400.

Coria was charged by warrant earlier this month with second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny in the same incident, police said. 


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