DARIEN — A 40-year-old Norwalk man was charged with larceny after police said they found him driving a stolen car which he claimed belonged to a relative’s girlfriend.

On July 12 around 10 a.m., police were monitoring traffic on Hoyt Street when a gray Toyota Camry driving by came up as a stolen vehicle, according to the officers’ license plate reader. Dispatch was later able to confirm the Camry was reported stolen out of Newark, N.J. back in May.

Officers pulled out behind the car, which made a sudden turn onto Phillips Lane and parked in the driveway of one of the homes there. Police pulled behind the car and handcuffed the driver, Terrance Parker, of County Street, while they investigated.

Parker told police the car belonged to his cousin Wayne’s girlfriend. He said he picked up the car around 7:30 a.m. from a garage in Stamford. He said he had his cousin’s permission and wasn’t sure why the car was reported as stolen. When asked why he pulled into Phillips Lane, he told police he was looking for an address to give an estimate to his employer, a rubbish removal company. Officers called Parker’s supervisor who said the Norwalk man wasn’t supposed to be in the area and he hadn’t received an estimate. He said Parker was supposed to be on Courtland Avenue in Stamford.

A license check further revealed Parker’s license had been suspended and he was wanted in New Canaan for a hit and run accident.

Police took Parker back to headquarters where he was charged with second-degree larceny and driving with a suspended license. They also contacted the car’s owner who said he wasn’t related to Parker and hadn’t seen the Camry since it was stolen back in May. He also said he never gave Parker permission to use the car.

In the car, police found a prescription pill bottle, which Parker said belonged to his brother. was his brother. Police contacted the prescription holder who said Parker was only an acquaintance and he had seen him driving the stolen Camry two days earlier. He said Parker told him he was going to buy the car from “his cousin Wayne.”

Parker was held on a $50,000 bond, which he was unable to post. He was transported to court the following morning.

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