Police arrest car theft suspect, Monroe man takes bite out of crime

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MONROE, CT — Police arrested a New Haven man on separate warrants for the theft of a Honda CRV and a Chevrolet Traverse Friday, and the diligence of a Spinning Wheel Road resident prevented other thefts Saturday.

Kevin Wilfong-Dixon, 19, who was in the custody of the Bridgeport Correctional Facility for other alleged car thefts, was served both Monroe warrants at court on Golden Hill Street Friday.

The Honda CRV was reported stolen from Barn Hill Road at 9 a.m. on May 26. Police said the incident took place sometime overnight. The vehicle was later recovered in West Haven on June 5.

Police said store surveillance caught Wilfong-Dixon using a stolen credit card taken during the theft.

He was charged with second-degree larceny, second-degree identity theft, illegal taking of a payment card, and illegal furnishings of money, goods or services on a credit-payment card. Bond was set at $20,000.

On May 29, the Chevrolet Traverse was reported stolen from Knorr Road at 10 a.m. Police said the incident occurred sometime overnight. The vehicle was later recovered in New Haven on June 2.

While investigating a car theft in their city, Shelton police used video surveillance footage from the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford to capture Wilfong-Dixon and his accomplices trying to use stolen credit cards from the theft, according to police.

Monroe Police Lt. Kevin McKellick said surveillance footage also showed the suspects arriving at the mall in the stolen white Chevrolet Traverse.

Monroe police detectives charged Wilfong-Dixon with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny. Bond was set at $30,000.

Wilfong-Dixon was arraigned on all charges on Aug. 14.

“Both of these cars were unlocked with the keys in them,” McKellick said of the stolen vehicles. “We continue to remind people t0 lock their doors and take their valuables with them.”

A thief moves on

A Spinning Wheel Road man called police when his Ring home security camera caught a thief trying door handles of vehicles outside his house at around 3:25 a.m. Saturday.

Police officers responded right away, but were unable to locate the suspect. McKellick said nothing was stolen, because the resident had locked his doors and the thief decided to move on.

“I want to commend him on his diligence in doing the basics, locking his doors and keeping his property safe,” McKellick said.

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