Police: Man charged with breaking into Wallingford businesses

Police: Man charged with breaking into Wallingford businesses

WALLINGFORD — A Bridgeport man faces charges after police said he broke into two local businesses and stole over $3,000.

Carlos Ortiz, 30, of 575 Maple St., Bridgeport, was charged Wednesday with two counts each of third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief, and one count of third-degree larceny and sixth-degree larceny.

 Ortiz is accused of burglarizing the Global Food Mart, 570 Center St., and the Valero Gas station, 68 N. Turnpike Road, in November. Cash, vaping products and cigarettes were stolen, according to his arrest warrant.

Local police worked with police in Milford, where similar incidents occurred around the same time, and used cell phone tower data to link Ortiz to those areas, the warrant said.

On Dec. 26, Bridgeport police took Ortiz into custody after a burglary and realized he was a suspect in similar incidents in Wallingford and Milford, the warrant said. 

Ortiz was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday. According to statements in court, he has pending cases for larceny, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. The judge set bond at a total of $20,000 and continued the cases to April 2. 

—Lauren Sellew