Teens charged with stealing car from Hamden driveway

HAMDEN – Two teenagers stole a car on West Helen Street on Christmas Eve while its owner had it running to warm it up, according to police.

At about 10:30 a.m. Sunday police received a report of a car stolen from a driveway on West Helen Street, Hamden Police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith said.

“The victim was “warming up her vehicle” parked in the driveway, when it was stolen,” Smith said in a release Tuesday.

Not long after, Sgt. David Ng saw the car being operated on Wintergreen Avenue and tried to stop it, Smith said.

“The vehicle, which contained 3 occupants, fled into New Haven,” Smith said. “The vehicle subsequently collided with a parked vehicle in the vicinity of Austen Street. The three occupants fled on foot.”

Ng apprehended one of the teens, and a second was arrested with the assistance of the New Haven Police Department and Southern Connecticut State University Police Department, Smith said. The third person has yet to be arrested.

The two teens arrested are 15 and 16 and both are Hamden residents, police said. Both were charged with third-degree larceny, criminal trover and interfering with a police officer, and the juveniles who was driving the car also was charged with engaging a police officer in pursuit.

The juveniles are scheduled to appear in New Haven Juvenile Court on Jan. 12.

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