FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield police were called by a Mill Plain Road resident reporting that there were two suspicious young men at a neighbor's house Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 26.
The caller told police that one man had gone to the front door of the house, while the other went around back looking at the house. Police said that this was a pattern consistent with several other previous break-ins around Fairfield.
The two teens had left the house before police arrived, but the neighbor described the car as a dark SUV. Police stopped a black Chevy Tahoe a short time later after spotting two men driving southbound on Black Rock Turnpike.
While speaking with the teens, police saw a green leafy substance in the front seat and K-9 officer Ruger alerted to the car indicating the presence of drugs prompting police to find a bag of marijuana in the car.
In the car, police found several laptops, cellphones, a camera, watches and a GPS unit, which both teens denied as being theirs.
In a cup holder next to the driver, police also found a spring loaded knife easily accessible to the driver.
Both teens were brought to police headquarters and it was found that they had been casing the house on Mill Plain Road and had taken the items found in the car from a house on Black Rock Turnpike earlier that day.
Using the laptop, police were able to determine an address where it might have come from and contacted the homeowner who had no previous knowledge of the burglary but confirmed that the laptop, phones, GPS and watches were theirs.
The parents of the 17-year-old male from Bridgeport arrived at headquarters and the teenager confessed to breaking into the house and stealing the items.
He was released to his parents custody on a promise to appear in court on Sept. 11. He was charged in two incidents with third degree burglary, third degree larceny, possession of burglary tools and criminal attempt to commit third degree burglary.
The driver, 18-year-old Miguel Rolon Martinez of Bridgeport, was charged with weapons in a motor vehicle, driving with out a license, possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol by a minor, criminal attempt at third degree burglary and conspiracy to commit third degree burglary. He was later charged with third degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, third degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third degree larceny.
Martinez was released to St. Vincent's Hospital for evaluation on a written promise to appear in court on Sept. 11.