Engine oil trail leads police to engine thief - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Engine oil trail leads police to engine thief


Police in Bridgeport were able to locate a stolen motor engine simply by following the trail of motor oil the leaky engine left behind.

Police in Bridgeport responded to Nunez Auto Repair on Iranistan Avenue on Aug. 30 for reports of a burglary.

According to police, the burglars gained entry through the roof, and several items were stolen including an engine with a blown piston.

The repair shop owner's nephew provided the detectives with security footage that showed two males enter the business and later push a wheeled cart with what appeared to be the engine on it. They went across the street and into the Marina Village housing complex.

The nephew told police that he noticed a trail of engine oil that followed the same route that the security footage showed the thieves taking.

Police followed the trail leading them to an apartment in the Marina Village.

That is where they located Emmanuel Rios, 24, of Bridgeport.

Police located the stolen engine in the kitchen and several other stolen goods throughout the apartment.

Rios claimed he woke up that morning to take his girlfriend to work when he saw two Hispanic males with the engine.

Rios told police he purchased the engine from the two men for $200.

According to police, Rios owns a working Honda but claimed the deal was too good to pass up.

Rios was arrested and charged with burglary, larceny and criminal mischief.

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