Trio Nabbed For Westport Car Burglary After Ring Doorbell Alerts Resident, Police Say

A 19-year-old and two juveniles were nabbed for allegedly burglarizing a vehicle after a Fairfield County homeowner was alerted to the crime by a Ring doorbell.

Willie Redd

Willie Redd

Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

The incident took place in Westport around 12:45 a.m., Tuesday, March 26 at a residence near Compo Beach.

According to Lt. Eric Woods of the Westport Police, the resident reported that their Ring doorbell camera activated when a suspect entered a vehicle parked in the driveway. They also said a dark-colored vehicle was waiting in the street. 

Westport Police were on the scene almost immediately and set up a perimeter in the area of Hills Point Road, Greens Farms Road, and Compo Road South. One of the responding officers located a suspicious vehicle exiting Mimi Lane and initiated a traffic stop, Woods said.

The vehicle did not stop for the officer and fled the area. An officer stationed at Hills Point Road and Greens Farms Road waited for the vehicle to approach his location where he successfully deployed a tire deflation device (Stop Sticks). 

The vehicle continued east on Greens Farms Road. Another officer who was in the area spotted the vehicle entering Sherwood Island State Park and waited for it to exit. The vehicle became disabled from the flat tires as it entered I-95 northbound at Exit 18, Woods said.

Woods said all three fled and officers gave chase, locating two, including one adult and one juvenile, hiding in the water of the marsh to the south of I-95. 

A short time later, MTA Police notified Westport Police that they had located the third suspect, a juvenile, in the area of Clayton Place. 

All three were arrested and charged with the following crimes:

  • Conspiracy commit larceny
  • Conspiracy to commit burglary
  • Interfering with a police officer

The adult was identified as Willie Redd, a 19-year-old from Naugatuck. Woods said he was additionally charged with reckless operation of a vehicle and engaging in a pursuit.

The two juveniles were released on juvenile summonses to their family while Redd was released after posting a bond and being assigned a court date of April 11.

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