DARIEN — Three teenagers — two from Stamford and one from Bridgeport — allegedly tried to steal a van from a Darien driveway.

Police said they first encountered the teens on Feb. 11 around 1 a.m. when a patrol officer saw Jonathan Blanco, 18, and Richard Beltran, 19, walking down Hollow Tree Ridge Road near the Post Road. Police said this area has experienced multiple overnight car break-ins over the last several months, so the officer stopped to speak with the teens. As the officer spoke with them, a third juvenile, a 17-year-old male from Bridgeport, walked over from a driveway of a nearby home. The officer then called for backup.

While responding to the scene, one of the officers found an abandoned Ford Econoline van on the Post Road, partially blocking the intersection leading into Hollow Tree Ridge Road. The van was found less than a quarter mile away from where the teens were located. The van had no lights on, a flat tire and a smoking engine compartment.

Police said they contacted the registered owner of the van who said it’d been left in the driveway of his Post Road home with the keys inside in preparation for it to be picked up by a local charity. After investigating, police determined the teens had stolen the van from the Post Road home and abandoned it when it became disabled.

Police took all three teens into custody.

Beltran, who resides on Stephens Street in Stamford, was charged with third-degree burglary, larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny.

Blanco, a resident of Dean Street in Stamford, originally provided police with a fake name, was uncooperative during processing and damaged the toilet in the cell he was held in twice. Consequently, he was charged with interfering with an officer and two counts of third-degree criminal mischief in addition to being charged with third-degree burglary, larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny.

The Bridgeport juvenile involved was also charged with third-degree larceny, burglary and conspiracy to commit larceny. He was released to an adult and referred to Stamford Superior Court.

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