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2 arrested after crash near mall in West Hartford

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Eric Ruiz was arrested in connection with a stolen Honda. (West Hartford Police Department) Eric Ruiz was arrested in connection with a stolen Honda. (West Hartford Police Department)

A 18-year-old man and juvenile from New Britain were arrested in connection with a stolen motor vehicle and a police pursuit early Tuesday morning. 

Officers received a report of a stolen car speeding on New Britain Avenue just before 4 a.m. Two officers noticed a Honda sped past them while they were covering at the water break in the Elmood section of town. 

Officers were able to locate the car a short time later. Police said the Honda was spotted without lights on.

The vehicle crashed near the front of the West Farms mall a short time later. The suspects including Eric Ruiz fled from the crash scene, but officers located them a short time later.

Police determined that the vehicle was "reported stolen out of Hartford and a shaved key was believed to have been used to steal the car." The Honda sustained heavy damage, according to police.

Investigators reminded West Hartford residents to lock up their vehicle doors and not to leave keys in their cars. Police noted that most of thefts occurred during the late evening hours. Anyone who sees any suspicious people or vehicles is asked to report them to police immediately. 

"The West Hartford Detective Division has been working closely with area towns in an effort to develop information involving to these types of incidents. Several arrests have been made and more are pending due to evidence and intelligence gathering by detectives," police said in a statement on Tuesday. 

The arrest of Ruiz comes a stolen vehicle was located on Albany Avenue in Hartford on Friday. Police said there eight people in the vehicle and officers arrested one adult and two juveniles. 

A vehicle stolen out of West Hartford was located by police in East Hartford on Monday. Officers found spent shell casings inside the vehicle.

Police said both Ruiz and the juvenile suffered ankle injuries. The juvenile was treated and released to his family. 

Ruiz was charged with third-degree larceny, reckless driving, interfering with an officer, criminal trover and possession of burglary tools. He is being held on a $75,000 bond. 

Ruiz is expected to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday. 

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