GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Five people have been arrested in connection to several attempted car thefts, and two-car crashes Sunday, according to Glastonbury police.
Police received several 911 calls between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. reporting multiple suspects attempting to enter vehicles at several homes in town.
Police said several homes in South Glastonbury were affected, including those on Great Pond Road, Bluff Point, and Main Street.
Police said there were five suspect, riding in a grey BMW stolen out of Tolland.
After 4 p.m., the stolen BMW was found on Dug Road, and then on Main Street. The BMW had just struck a vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and Hopewell Road but left the scene, driving erratically with a blown tire.
They later rear-ended a vehicle on Route 17 at a high rate of speed, which struck a third vehicle. The stolen vehicle then became disabled.
The five suspects ran off near the Hubbard Street/Buttonball Lane neighborhood.
The suspects called for a rideshare car and were seen walking out of the woods at Glastonbury High School at around 4:33 p.m. to approach the Lyft car.
Police said the Lyft driver got out of the car and four suspects stole the vehicle. They crashed it into a fence in the high school parking lot before leading police on a foot chase.
Police took all five into custody; two juveniles and three young adults.
Police arrested the following:
- Darrell Duncan, 18, of Hartford — Facing multiple charges including reckless driving, risk of injury to a child, burglary. Bond set to $130,000.
- Branden Duncan, 18, of Hartford — Facing charges for larceny, interfering/resisting arrest, conspiracy to commit burglary. Bond set to $125,000.
- Christopher Collins, 18, of East Granby — Charged with Larceny, interfering/resisting, conspiracy to commit burglary. Bond set to $125,000.
- 15-year-old from Enfield — Charged with Larceny.
- 16-year-old from Hartford — Charged with Larceny.
It’s happening everywhere: West Hartford, Newington, Wethersfield…and it’s getting worse. Police say it’s not for the money or for parts; it’s for fun.
Lt. Corey Davis of Glastonbury Police told News 8, the transition from car thefts in the cover of darkness to the middle of the afternoon is concerning.
“[They] have transitioned from doing it at night when people are sleeping to doing it on a warm afternoon when everybody’s out barbequing and going about their business which is shocking to our community it’s shocking to us.”
Pete Saccoccia, a Glastonbury resident, suggested to car owners, “Just keep your cars locked and your doors locked and your garage doors shut.”
Glastonbury police may have nabbed this crew but they don’t see things slowing down. Just after these arrests, two more cars were stolen.
This is still an active investigation.