Darien Police charged two men in connection with numerous residential and motor vehicle burglaries over the last few weeks.

Nelson Emilio Rivera, 24, of Trumbull, was charged with one count second-degree burglary, one count third-degree burglary from a motor vehicle, two counts illegal use of a credit card and two counts of credit card theft.

Police said Rivera turned himself in on June 27 after learning of a warrant for his arrest. Rivera was held on $50,000 bond and was arraigned in Stamford Superior Court the next day.

One June 28, the Darien Police Department, with the assistance of the Trumbull, Wilton and Bridgeport police departments, executed a search and seizure warrant on a residence located at 52 Rock Ridge Circle in Bridgeport. According to the report, police found numerous suspected stolen items, including a shotgun and a .25 caliber automatic handgun. The resident, Livelle Sampson, 21, was arrested and taken into custody by Darien police.

Sampson was charged with second-degree burglary and is being held on $50,000 bond. Police said additional charges are expected.

Police used a license plate reader (LPR) to determine the identities of Rivera and Sampson. The LPR, which was mounted on the exterior of a marked Darien Police car, automatically scanned the registration plate of the vehicle allegedly used to commit these crimes. Police said the suspect vehicle drove past the patrol car on the night the incidents took place. The data was later downloaded as part of the investigation, which is still ongoing.

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