FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Three Bridgeport teens, who were walking in the rain carrying a stolen laptop, iPhone, several gift cards, phone chargers and change, were arrested early Saturday for breaking into at least eight cars overnight, police said.
An officer stopped the trio around 4:22 a.m. near Fairfield Woods Road and Melville Avenue. They told the officer they were from Bridgeport and were lost and trying to get home, police said.
When asked why one was carrying a laptop in the rain, the young man said he liked to have internet access, police said.
The three were separated, read their rights, questioned and searched, police said.
Kareem Rowe, 18, of Savoy Street, admitted they’d been breaking into cars in the area, police said. He was found with a Surface laptop, five phone chargers, two McDonald’s gift cards, one Dunkin Donuts gift card, a Subway gift card, $59 in bills, $12.92 in coins and five credit cards that didn’t belong to him, police said.
A 17-year-old juvenile had two pair of Apple earbuds, a quarter-ounce of marijuana, a gold necklace with a diamond-studded pendant, an iPod, a car coin tray and $16.33 in coins, police said.
The third person, Demethre Neil, 18, of Ezra Street, said some credit cards he had that did not bear his name were given to him by a relative, police said. He said he was with Rowe and the juvenile, but did not break into any cars.
Rowe was charged with eight counts each of third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny and seven counts each of sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, police said.
Neil and the juvenile were charged with seven counts each of third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, police said. They were also charged with fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny, police said.
Rowe and Neil were held on $2,500 each and are scheduled to appear in court on May 5, police said. The juvenile was released to his mother and is also scheduled to appear in court on May 5.
Police have repeatedly warned residents to keep their cars locked and not leave valuables in them.