Police in Manchester arrested three people, including a boy, for trying to steal a vehicle.
They said Dwight Henry, 18, of Hartford, 24-year-old Luis Miguel Rivera, also of Hartford, and a 16-year-old boy from Manchester face charges.
"There has been in increase in thefts in unlocked cars and it's been happening throughout town here but also throughout the region," said Manchester Police Captain Chris Davis.
Officers said they responded to the area of Ridge and Arch Streets for a report of three people trying to get into a car.
The caller who made the report had been sitting on a porch when a car alarm went off.
The three suspects were seen walking away from the vehicle.
Neighbors followed the suspects until the suspects turned around to confront them. At that point, the neighbors returned home and waited for police.
When officers arrived, they said the suspects fled on foot in different directions.
After a few foot pursuits, all three were taken into custody.
They were charged with first-degree criminal trespass, breach of peace, interfering with police, criminal liability for the act of another and criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny.
This has become a huge problem in many areas, like Hartford.
Just recently, a 13-year-old died in Hartford, while driving a stolen car from Middletown. The teen crashed and the car went up in flames.
"It's scary. You never know what the kid could carry with them, a gun a knife. Stealing isn't for fun. You don't go around stealing stuff," said Carlos Fiorege, of Manchester.
Police sought to remind drivers to lock their vehicle doors as the suspects in recent vehicle thefts have target unlocked vehicles.
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