Police in Branford caught two of three young suspected car thieves early Tuesday morning.
Capt. Geoff Morgan said the three juveniles actually crashed the stolen vehicle into one of the department's cruisers.
Dash cam video released later in the morning showed the crash and the suspects fleeing.
It happened around 5 a.m. on Indian Neck Avenue.
Police said officers were in the area when an alert resident from Soundview Heights reported that three people were entering vehicles.
The officers were told the suspects were in a vehicle traveling toward Indian Neck Avenue.
As a sergeant drove onto the road from Meadow Street, the stolen vehicle collided with his cruiser, police said.
Morgan posted a photo of the scene to his Twitter page.
The officer was able to exit his cruiser through a back door and apprehend one of the suspects who was still in the stolen car.
The other two suspects fled on foot.
Of the two that fled, East Haven police caught one of them.
The third suspect remains on the loose.
Branford police said they community has been plagued by car thefts and burglaries over the past year.
He cited collected data, which showed more than 100 vehicle thefts since Jan. 1.
“Based on an average of $15,000 per car, the total loss is upwards of $1.5 million,” said chief Kevin Halloran, Branford Police Department. “Those juveniles captured [Tuesday] morning are repeat offenders of this type of crime and are involved with other types of serious crime.”
Branford police reminded drivers to not leave their keys in their vehicles and the keep them locked.
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