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Suspected Car Thief Arrested in Westport

Walking into a Volvo dealership demanding license plates for a Ford might trigger some suspicions, but that's what police say Bridgeport resident Wilfredo Nieves did late Monday afternoon in Westport.

At about 4:30 p.m., Westport police received a call from Volvo of Westport on Post Road East that Nieves, 31, had come in and demanded license plates for a 2012 Ford Focus. Police were told the Ford had markings on it, identifying it as from Park City Ford in Bridgeport. When police called Park City Ford, it confirmed the car had been stolen off the lot two hours earlier.

When Nieves didn't get what he wanted, he got back into the Ford and drove east on Post Road East. A detective in an unmarked police car spotted Nieves near Hillspoint Road and followed him until marked units arrived. Nieves was pulled over on West Parish Road and was also found in possession of 1.7 grams of PCP, a narcotic. The license plates on the Ford were later found to have been stolen from a rental car company.

Nieves was charged with first-degree larceny, possession of narcotics and sixth-degree larceny. He was held on $25,000 bond.

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