NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Police are investigating a carjacking committed right in front of FBI headquarters in the Elm City that, police say, is connected to a series of thefts in the area.
At a briefing Friday afternoon, NHPD detailed the series of car thefts and carjackings that appear to be related. The spree started on Wednesday around 11:30 p.m. when two motor vehicles were taken. In the early morning hours of Thursday, two more vehicles were taken – one from downtown New Haven and the other from Woodbridge.
The car theft at gunpoint near the FBI building started a rash of other stolen vehicles and attempted robberies around New Haven, with five more vehicles being taken after that, and three failed robberies in that window. That was when the incident that led to the capture of two underage perpetrators began.
On Ellsworth Avenue and Chapel Street in New Haven Thursday evening, police were on the scene where a Ford Edge slammed into a home. Neighbors say they heard a loud screeching sound and bang when the car hit the home, and they say they saw two young black men exit the vehicle and flee in separate directions.
Less than 30 minutes before, about 200 yards down the road there was another carjacking.
News 8 spoke with Thad Morgan on the scene. He said he and his friend had just gotten groceries and pulled up to the front of his home around 5 p.m. on Ellsworth Avenue when a young man hopped out of another car with a gun.
“He points it at Rob and he says ‘give me your keys’ and at that point I just turn around freaking out and just slowly walk into the house,” Morgan said.
He was very shaken up and said he had no idea what was going on. He added he had a lot of valuable items inside his car, a white Buick.
The man said police told him they have located that car.
New Haven police confirmed Thursday around 9 p.m. they had arrested two juveniles from New Haven in the area of Chapel Street and Ellsworth Avenue in the Edgewood neighborhood in connection with the thefts. Police also recovered three of the stolen vehicles and seized a BB gun.
Police said the found them hiding in a basement.
The teens –13 and 15 — were charged with larceny first degree, weapon in a motor vehicle and interfering with an officer. Both had been arrested for stealing cars before.
NHPD confirmed they have the two juveniles in custody, but they believe there might be “one or two outstanding.”
On Friday afternoon, Hamden Police also confirmed that they are investigating a series of seemingly related crimes – saying that they responded to four incidents within a span of one hour and four minutes on Thursday afternoon, which would have been prior to the rash of carjackings in New Haven Thursday evening.
The first of those Hamden incidents occurred at a Giles Street residence around 4:15 p.m. when “two young black males” approached two females, pointing a firearm at them and demanding their belongings. When one of the victims reached for a phone, the subjects fled in a stolen motor vehicle.
The suspects were involved in three other incidents in Hamden following that attempted robbery – one of which involved stealing a vehicle from a man on Dixwell Avenue, and stealing a pocketbook and cell phone from a woman in a parking lot near Dixwell Avenue.
Hamden PD says it has increased patrols due to that rash of incidents, and that the Hamden Police Department Detective Division is working collaboratively with the New Haven PD with regards to these criminal acts.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the New Haven Police Department Robbery/Burglary Unit at 203-946-6304.