BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Three men from Bridgeport, who were caught red-handed stealing items from a Target tractor-trailer truck and loading a car with the merchandise, were arrested on burglary charges, police said.
Officers responded to Harriet Street and Crescent Avenue on Oct. 3 at about 10:20 p.m. and saw the tractor-trailer's rear door halfway open and three Hispanic men running to a vehicle parked directly behind it, police said.
The three men entered a vehicle and attempted to pass the officer’s patrol car head on, however, the street was too narrow for the vehicle to get by, police said. The officer followed the vehicle until assisting patrol cars made the road too narrow to pass, polices said. All three suspects were taken into custody without incident.
The vehicle was filled with boxes labeled Target. The items included: two boxes of dinner sets, one box with a coffee maker, two boxes of Ninja Coffee bars, three boxes of Solar String lights, one leather jacket, one Steve Madden purse, one lamp, one wireless stereo headset, one box of coffee, and assorted shoes, sunglasses, and clothing, police said. The items were returned to the Target tractor-trailer.
After an inspection of the Target tractor-trailer, police officers located the driver of the truck and informed him of the incident.
The three suspects were Isaias Rivera, 21, of Brooks Street; Orlando Rodriguez, 21, of Anthony Street; and Bryan Perez, 19, of Bird Street. Each was charged with burglary, interfering with an officer, larceny, and criminal attempt at larceny. Bond for each was set at $20,000.
“I would like to thank the quick response of the Bridgeport Police Department to catch these individuals,” said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. “I’m grateful for their hard work.”
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