BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Two men were arrested on larceny charges in connection with an incident involving a stolen U-Haul on Monday, according to Bridgeport police.
On Nov. 16, an officer saw a white U-Haul moving van parked near the corner of Texas Avenue and East Main Street, police say.
The U-Haul was registered in Arizona, and had been reported stolen earlier in the day, according to police.
The officer approached the vehicle, and found three occupants, two men and one woman, police say.
The U-Haul's driver was identified as Vito Badalamenti 45, of Bridgeport, and the male passenger as Randolph Pasnick,, 39, of Ansonia, according to police.
All three occupants cooperated with the officers, police say.
An investigation confirmed that the U-Haul moving van had been reported stolen, and Badalamenti voluntarily told the officer he had taken the vehicle from a woman and man who were returning it to the U-Haul facility at East Main Street, according to police.
Badalamenti and Pasnick were both placed under arrest, police say.
Badalamenti was charged with first-degree larceny, with his bond set at $5,000.
While at the police station, officers found narcotics in his possession, including a small bag containing a white rock-like substance; drug paraphernalia, including copper coreboy, used as a filter in a crack stem; and a small plastic bag with residue on the inside, according to police.
Pasnick was charged with first-degree larceny, illegal possession of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia. his bond has been set at $10,000.
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