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Bronx men arrested in Darien thefts

Published 7:01 pm, Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Three Bronx men and two juveniles were picked up by Norwalk police and turned over to Darien authorities early Monday morning after they were found in possession of two stolen wallets taken out of two parked vehicles in Darien Sunday night.

Norwalk police were called early Monday morning about a suspicious vehicle near Main Avenue and Ward Street and an officer sent to the call saw a U-Haul box truck driving without headlights and pulled it over. Inside the truck, police found two wallets that did not belong to any of the five people inside and two large spools of copper wire, according to a police report.

When police looked at the wallets they determined they belonged to Darien residents. When the residents, living on Beach Drive and Raymond Street, were contacted they both looked into their vehicles and discovered their wallets had been stolen.

Norwalk police, unable to find any offenses the five committed in Norwalk, were turned over to Darien police for arrest.

Jason Rivera, 24, Jonathan Mendez, 23, Eric Garcia, 19, all of 437 Morris Place, Bronx, N.Y., were arraigned at state Superior Court in Stamford Tuesday on charges of conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, credit card theft and risk of injury to a minor. A Stamford judge set each of their court appearance bonds at $10,000 when they were arraigned at the Stamford courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

Two juveniles, whose names and ages were not released by police, were also arrested and face similar charges.