NORTH HAVEN — A New Haven man faces a larceny charge after police said his DNA was found inside a vehicle that was stolen from a local home last year and abandoned in New Haven.
Wilfredo Cortes, 27, of 88 Rosette St., New Haven, was charged on Tuesday with second-degree larceny. He was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday and the judge set bond at $500. Cortes is due back in court on Jan. 23.
Last October, East Haven police contacted North Haven police after finding items they suspected were stolen from a North Haven resident, according to an arrest warrant. Police were able to trace the items to a student at North Haven High School.
The mother of the student met officers at her home and discovered that her Chevrolet Suburban was missing from the driveway, the warrant said.
About two hours later, police located the stolen Suburban in the Fair Haven section of New Haven. Officers took DNA samples from inside the vehicle and submitted them to the state forensics laboratory for testing, the warrant said. The results came back with a match to Cortes.