WESTPORT, Conn. -- A Stratford man and a Bridgeport man were arrested after leading police on a chase following smash and grab car burglaries in Westport and Fairfield Monday afternoon, according to police.
Police responded to the Stop & Shop on Post Road East at around 4:30 p.m. on a report from a witness who said they had seen two Hispanic males smash the car window, remove a purse and leave in a gray BMW sedan. Westport Police advised the surrounding towns and learned that state police were looking for the same suspects for a smash and grab from a car at the Fairfield rest area.
A short time later, Westport Officer Thomas Casimiro saw the BMW traveling into Fairfield. It sped away and a chase began on I-95 northbound, police said. The pursuit was called off after the speeds became dangerous, but police did find the stolen purse near exit 23, according to police.
A short time later, Bridgeport Police located the suspect vehicle and arrested the two people standing near it. They were identified as 39-year-old Morgan Crosley of Bridgeport and 35-year-old Hector Rivera of Stratford. Police said they were positively identified by Westport officers, and that Rivera had the keys for the BMW in his pocket.
Both were taken into custody. Crosley was charged with third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny and second-degree criminal mischief. He was given a $5,000 bond. He was also found to have two active warrants, and was charged with violation of probation and second-degree failure to appear, and given a further $20,750 in bonds.
Rivera was charged with engaging in pursuit, reckless operation, fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary. He was given a total bond of $7,500.