FAIRFIELD, Conn. Three Bridgeport men were charged with theft Wednesday when a Fairfield police officer stopped them riding in a stolen car, police say.
The officer reported seeing the three drive by his parked car on Kings Highway Cutoff at about 6 p.m. Wednesday. They were staring intently at the officer as they drove by and quickly looked away when the officer saw them, according to the police report. The car then quickly turned around in the Post Road traffic circle and drove in the other direction.
A motor vehicle records check showed that the trio's Kia Sophia had been reported stolen from Bridgeport, police say. The officer stopped the car at a nearby gas station. Timothy McNeil, 34, William McNeil, 25, and Anthony White, 30, all of Bridgeport, were taken out of the car and placed under arrest, according to the police report.
Police also found that Timothy McNeil, the driver, had a suspended drivers license. William McNeil also had active warrants for his arrest for not paying an outstanding infraction from Bridgeport, according to police reports. Officers also found that William was currently on supervised parole.
The three told police they did not know the car was stolen. They said they had borrowed it from another Bridgeport resident, according to police reports.
All three men were charged with third-degree larceny, a felony. Timothy McNeil was also charged with operating a vehicle under suspension, a misdemeanor. He was held in lieu of a $2,500 bond, and is due in court Aug. 14.
William McNeil was also charged with failure to pay an infraction, a misdemeanor. He was turned over to his parole officer in lieu of his $1,650 combined bond.
White was released after posting a $1,500 bond. All three men are due in court Aug. 14.
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