MERIDEN — Three men face charges after police said they stole a dirt bike from a local home on Sunday.
Derrick Vereen, 20, of 273 Spencer Ave., Middletown, and Desmond Ellison, 19, of 184 Gravel St., were charged with possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, third-degree criminal trespass, and conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary.
Arian Torres, 18, of 55 Stoneycrest Dr., was charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal trespass.
Police responded to a 2209 N. Broad St., a home owned by the Carabetta family, around 8:20 p.m. for a report of a suspicious vehicle. While officers were on their way to the home, they were notified the vehicle left the property, according to a police report. A resident told police she saw a car coming up her driveway without headlights on. The resident said the vehicle drove toward a detached garage, where a dirt bike was stolen and driven away.
Police found the vehicle involved and identified Vereen and Ellison inside the car. Police searched the car and found a 4.5 mm PPK BB gun in the center console. The men were taken into custody and brought to the police station. Ellison admitted being at the home that night, the report said. Vereen denied knowing anything about the incident.
A short time later Torres turned himself in at the police station, saying he had drove away on the dirt bike, the report said.
All three men were arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. The judge released Ellison on a promise to appear with the condition he be electronically monitored and abide by a curfew. The judge set bond at $10,000 for Vereen, and ordered the same conditions. Information for Torres was not immediately available.