SOUTHINGTON — Three people were charged after police said they were riding in a stolen vehicle on Thursday.
The driver, Meriden resident Victor Rombo Ayala, 30, was charged with possessing a weapon in a motor vehicle, second-degree larceny and illegal possession of narcotics. The two others, Wesleye Hoskie, 32, of Waterbury, and Franklyn Steeves, 26, of Meriden, were both charged with second-degree larceny, police said.
According Lt. Keith Egan, an officer recognized the vehicle as matching the description of a vehicle reported stolen in Meriden. The description was provided by the Southington Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force Unit, which was formed in February in response to a rash of car thefts.
The officer followed the vehicle on North Main Street to the area of Mill Street, where it parked outside an apartment complex. Officers then took all three suspects into custody. While searching the vehicle, officers found a BB gun, police said.
Ayala was released on a $15,000 bond and both Hoskie and Steeves were released on $10,000 bonds. All three are scheduled to appear at the New Britain Superior Court on April 16.