FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A Fairfield man was caught by police attempting to steal his car back from Conway's Auto Repair, where it had been impounded over the weekend, police said.
An officers in a patrol car parked in a neighboring lot heard several loud noises late Monday night, police said. After checking the area, the officer found Michael Kondrat, 64, attempting to break open the fence into Conway's lot, police said.
According to the police report, Kondrat had been stopped over the weekend for failing to have car registration. During the stop, it was determined that he had previously taken the car from Conway's lot and had yet to pay the fees, police said.
Kondrat attempted to take the car over the weekend but had been unable because Conway's had removed the battery, police said. On Monday night, Kondrat returned with a battery and a license plate that police found to be stolen, police said.
He was charged with criminal attempt to trespass, fourth-degree criminal attempt to commit larceny, criminal mischief and possession of a stolen license plate. Bond was set at $1,000, and he was taken to Bridgeport Superior Court on Tuesday, Sept. 17. No information was available regarding his court appearance.