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Police Identify Two More Suspects in Crime Spree

With one suspect in custody, Westport police said today they have identified at least two other suspects — both juveniles — in a recent wave of burglaries, car break-ins, stolen vehicles, and larcenies.

On Friday police arrested Xavier Medel, 19, of Bridgeport, and charged him for his involvement in a Dec. 23 burglary at a Sandhopper Trail address, said Lt. Jillian Cabana. He is being held on $250,000 bond.

“With the assistance of the community, patrol officers and detectives worked tirelessly over the holidays to link Medel to additional crimes committed in Westport,” Cabana said.

Westport investigators were also able to identify two juvenile suspects, both 17-year-old males from Norwalk and determined they were involved in six residential burglaries, 14 motor vehicle break-ins, two stolen cars and numerous larcenies, police said.

The crime spree targeted homes and vehicles on Sandhopper Trail, Crystal Circle, Gault Avenue, Oak Ridge Park, Keyser Road, Evergreen Avenue, Gorham Avenue and Brooklawn Drive, Cabana said.

Investigators have since recovered an extensive amount of stolen property including four stolen cars (two Audis, one Mercedes and one Chevrolet), computers, a bicycle and a purse, she said.

“The Westport Police Detective Bureau continues to investigate these incidents, recover additional stolen property and coordinate with surrounding jurisdictions in which the trio are suspects in similar crimes,” Cabana said.

Additional arrest warrants are anticipated for Medel and arrests of the two juvenile suspects are forthcoming, she said.

In all of these cases, the homes and vehicles had been left unlocked.

“We continue to urge Westport residents to lock their homes, garages and vehicles every night as well as removing valuables from their vehicles and turning on exterior lights and security systems,” Cabana said.

“These simple steps, often overlooked, can help prevent residents from becoming victims of burglary and theft.”

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