Officers have recovered several items that were stolen from sheds and garages in the Milford area over the past two weeks and are looking for the owners of the possessions.
Kelvin Quintero, 20, of New Haven, and 20-year-old Noel Figueroa-Flores were arrested in connection with these thefts. A third suspect remained at large on Thursday morning, according to police.
The arrests of Quintero and Figueroa-Flores come after the Milford Police Department said they had received a number of shed burglary complaints in Milford, West Haven, New Haven, North Haven, Orange and Branford.
To see pictures of the items recovered by police, click here.
Around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday, an eyewitness reported seeing people loading power equipment from a shed into a van in the area of Naugatuck Avenue near Beaverbrook Road.
The caller noticed a van idling in the roadway as men loaded objects into it.
A local officer from the Milford Police Department responded and saw the suspects flee south on Naugatuck Avenue toward Bridgeport Avenue, but didn't initiate the pursuit. The officer radioed other officers, including a K9 unit, who spotted the van.
Police said they anticipated the suspects to flee, so they had officers ready ahead of the suspects' projected route, including on I-95.
Milford and state police were involved in the pursuit. The suspects continued east on Bridgeport Avenue toward the Boston Post Road and eventually got on I-95 north at exit 39.
Police said once they tried to stop the vehicle, the driver of the van lost control and it struck a Milford police K9 SUV, which was positioned ahead of them.
Quintero and Figueroa-Flores were inside the vehicle and were captured right away, according to Milford police.
They suffered minor injuries. One suspect's injuries were from the crash. The other suffered a bite wound from the K9.
The third remains on the loose. Police said he fled on foot. He's described as a light-skinned male in his 20s. He was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
The officer and dog in the K9 SUV were not seriously hurt.
Police said they've identified at least two burglary victims related to this case.
Quintero and Figueroa-Flores were charged with third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary and interfering with arrest.
Quintero's bond was set at $225,000. Figueroa-Flores's was $210,500.
Police said they're looking into whether burglaries in Fairfield and Orange are also connected.
Upon investigating further, police said they found that Quintero and Figueroa-Flores had two active arrest warrants out for them. They were for failing to appear in court in New Haven and Waterbury. Figueroa-Flores also has a failing to appear warrant out of Orange.
Police held a news conference at 8 a.m. on Wednesday to release the details. Anyone with information is asked to contact Milford police at 203-878-6551.
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