K9 units stop alleged car thieves following pursuit


DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — A few four-legged officers are receiving praise for their efforts in helping capture alleged car thieves.

According to Shelton police, on Jan. 28, officials attempted to stop a motor vehicle for a minor violation on Howe Avenue in Shelton. Police say instead of pulling over, the vehicle accelerated and the occupants attempted to flee from the officers. Officials say a run of the vehicle’s license plate revealed that the car was stolen.

Authorities say they followed from a safe distance as the vehicle entered onto Route 8 Southbound in Derby. The vehicle then turned around and traveled in the Northbound direction of Route 8 and police ended the pursuit.

Connecticut State Police came to assist Shelton police and the stolen vehicle pulled off of the highway in the area of Exit 13 Northbound. Police say four occupants then fled from the vehicle and entered the woods near the highway.

Police K9s from both Connecticut State Police and Shelton police were deployed into the woods and located all four suspects.

Police arrested Theodore Reddick-Longley, 18, of West Haven and three other juveniles.

They are all facing similar charges, including Interfering with Police and Larceny in the 3rd Degree.

Reddick-Longely posted a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 9. The juveniles are scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court on a future date.

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