Police: Southington man charged with vehicle thefts, risk of injury to minors

Police: Southington man charged with vehicle thefts, risk of injury to minors

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SOUTHINGTON — A 20-year-old Hamden man faces charges after police said he stole multiple vehicles and in one incident fled from police while two juveniles were in the car with him. 

Daniel Marciano, 20, of 1400 Whitney Ave., Hamden, was charged on multiple warrants  for three different incidents. The charges include three counts of third-degree larceny, four counts of risk of injury to a minor, two counts of reckless driving, and one count each of engaging police in pursuit and third-degree criminal mischief. 

In one incident police were dispatched to Derynoski Elementary School on April 15 around 6:14 p.m. for a report of a vehicle doing “donuts” in the lower parking lot, according to the arrest report. The officer saw a car being driven on the gravel path around the children’s playground. As the officer approached the driver, later identified as Marciano, he drove off. The officer saw two male passengers in the vehicle at the time, and they were later determined to be juveniles, the report said. The car Marciano was driving was reported stolen and was found abandoned later.

On April 17 police responded after the owner of JJ Rau Auto Body reported a car he was working on was stolen from the business parking lot. Police investigating learned the stolen vehicle was involved in a collision on Interstate 84 in Plainville, the report said. The driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash, later identified as Marciano, fled the scene.

On April 18, police were notified a vehicle was involved in a collision in the area of 315 Main St., the report said. Marciano was determined to be the driver of the vehicle at the time of that incident as well, and walked away from the scene with a juvenile that was a passenger in the vehicle. 

According to the state judicial website, Marciano has a total of ten pending cases, including the Southington incidents. His bond was set at $335,000 and he is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Jan. 14, 2021. 

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