MERIDEN — City police arrested and charged six juveniles and recovered four stolen motor vehicles Monday in a sweep that went from the city’s west side to east side.
Members of the police department’s Crime Suppression Unit located an unoccupied stolen motor vehicle in a west side parking lot, according to a press statement.
While recovering the vehicle, CSU members received a call reporting several juvenile males in a South Meriden parking lot sitting in several stolen vehicles. Police responded and located one juvenile running from the area of the stolen motor vehicles. The juvenile refused to comply with officers and was arrested and charged with interfering with a police officer. Due to the charge not meeting the criteria for a serious juvenile offense, the male was issued a court date and released to his parents.
The incident remains an open investigation. police said.
Prior to police arrival, a member of the public reported that the other stolen motor vehicles fled the area. A short time later, members of Crime Suppression Unit located a stolen SUV traveling on the east side of the city. When the five juvenile occupants noticed the police presence they fled from the stolen vehicle. After several foot chases all five juveniles were apprehended.
Four of the juveniles were charged with interfering with police. Due to these charges, not meeting the criteria of a serious juvenile offense, all the juveniles were issued court dates and released to parents.
While recovering the third motor vehicle, CSU received information about another stolen vehicle in an east side housing complex. While recovering the fourth vehicle, police observed another juvenile in nearby. Police were aware this juvenile had an active warrant for his involvement in another stolen vehicle case.
That juvenile was arrested on charges of second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny, and first-degree criminal trover, in addition to possession of marijuana and interfering with a police officer. An arrest warrant stipulation stated the suspect was to be issued a juvenile summons and released to his parent.
Information or tips may can be made to the motor crimes unit (203) 630-6253.
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