Arrest made in car part thefts from Guilford, Madison commuter lots

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GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A Branford man was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing catalytic converters from cars parked in commuter lots in Guilford and Madison.

Guilford Police say they were investigating dozens of thefts of catalytic converters from parked cars over the past few weeks. The thefts would typically take place in commuter parking lots or train station parking lots in Guilford and surrounding towns along the shoreline.Related: Thieves stealing catalytic converters from cars at train station

According to police, the suspect would cut the catalytic converters from the underside of the vehicles in broad daylight, while commuters were away from their cars.

After an investigation, police were able to develop a possible suspect and suspect vehicle. At around 11:30 a.m., Monday, they found that suspect vehicle parked in a commuter parking lot in the area of Boston Post Road.

Police say after the officer made contact with the driver, it was determined that the suspect had four recently cut catalytic converters that he was attempting to hide in the cab of his vehicle. A battery powered sawzall was also found in the driver’s seat, with the blade color matching the one that transferred onto the cut catalytic converters.

The suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Jeremy Ghiroli, was arrested and charged larceny.

Shortly after, Madison Police contacted Guilford Police about catalytic converter thefts and police were able to match up the recovered catalytic converters to the Madison victim’s vehicles. Madison Police then additionally charged Ghiroli with criminal mischief.

Police say at the time of the arrest, only two of the four recovered catalytic converters have had their owners identified. Anyone who may have fallen victim to this theft is urged to contact Guilford Police at 203-453-8061.

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