CT Man Caught With Car Stolen Out Of NY After Parking Illegally In NJ, Police Say

A Connecticut man was arrested after a police officer in New Jersey found him behind the wheel of a car stolen in New York State, authorities said.

Maxwell Abankwa

Maxwell Abankwa

Photo Credit: Lyndhurst, NJ Police

Lyndhurst, NJ Police Officer Mark Rivera was doing commercial property checks on and around Chubb Avenue when he spotted the Volkswagen Jetta in a "No Parking Anytime" zone.

Seeing him, the driver -- identified as Hartford County resident Maxwell Abankwah, age 48, of Glastonbury -- abruptly pulled away, Detective Lt. Vincent Auteri said.

A check of the license plate showed the car had been reported stolen out of Rochester, Auteri said.

Rivera stopped and arrested Abankwah, who was processed and released pending a court hearing on receiving stolen property charges.

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