Stamford man arrested for Darien car break-ins
Published 4:52 pm, Tuesday, August 25, 2015
A Stamford man has been charged with a spree of burglaries of unlocked vehicles on Patton Drive.
Joel Mackinnon, 48, of 597 Pacific St., Stamford, was charged with a single count of first-degree larceny, eight counts of third-degree burglary, three counts of sixth-degree larceny, and two counts of second-degree failure to appear.
A police officer on patrol on Hollow Tree Ridge Road near Patton Drive around 3 a.m. Aug. 19 observed a parked car blocking the travel section of Patton Drive almost completely, according to police. Upon investigating, the officer observed Mackinnon trying to steal a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck from a nearby driveway.
A search of the area discovered eight unlocked cars on Patton Drive and on Charles Street had been burglarized, the second instance of break-ins of vehicles on Patton Drive in six days, according to police. In recent weeks, several cars were stolen from the Patton Drive area that had been left unlocked with the keys inside, according to police.
Police found Mackinnon on the westbound platform of the Noroton Heights train station, and learned there were active warrants out for him for failure to appear in court.
During the arrest, police found items in Mackinnon’s possession they later established as having been taken during the burglaries.
He is being held on $28,500 bond and was to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford.