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Westport Schools Increase Security After Accident Involving Stolen Car

Coleytown Elementary School in Westport. Photo Credit: File
Alexis Haythe Photo Credit: Westport Police Department
Rashad Spain Photo Credit: Westport Police Department
Reginald Sharp Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

WESTPORT, Conn. — Parents may have noticed increased security around Coleytown Elementary School and Coleytown Middle School in Westport on Wednesday.

That was due to an overnight car accident involving a stolen car, Superintendent Colleen Palmer informed parents in an email.

Police had been called at about 1:15 a.m. to a two-car accident on North Avenue between Easton Road and Coleytown Road, which is near the schools.

Three people were arrested in the incident, police said.

"In an abundance of caution, the WPD has an increased presence in the Coleytown and North Avenue areas near our schools, and we will maintain our routine perimeter security," Palmer said in an email.

"Additionally, we have moved any scheduled outdoor activities inside [Wednesday] at all eight schools."

Related story: Three car thieves arrested after calling police on themselves.

In the case, three people called the police to report a car accident early Wednesday, police said. But they wound up arrested when police discovered GPS units in their car that had been just stolen, Westport Police said.

At the accident scene, three people in one vehicle said the driver of another vehicle had struck the rear of their vehicle, lost control and flipped over, police said. They said a black man was the driver and fled the scene on foot.

That's when the story takes a twist: Police discovered the vehicle that was lying on its roof had been stolen from a home on Hazelnut Road. As they searched for the suspect, officers noticed several GPS units in the vehicle with the three passengers, police said.

Officers checked the data on the GPS units, one of which had a "Home" address on Blue Ribbon Drive — which is in the same neighborhood as Hazelnut Road, police said. Officers confirmed that the GPS unit came from a vehicle there. Officers also determined that several other vehicles had been entered in that area.

Officers then arrested the three people on burglary and larceny charges:

  • Reginald Sharp, 32, of Bridgeport;
  • Alexis Haythe, 24, of Bridgeport; and
  • Rashad Spain, 20, of Stratford.

Police don't believe there was another driver of the stolen vehicle and are investigating whether the three arrested people are connected to the stolen vehicle.

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