A 43-year-old Shelton man was charged with stealing lawn care equipment from a local business and is suspected in a rash of other commercial burglaries, according to police.
In a prepared statement, Detective Richard Bango said police were called to Bahner Lawn and Forest on Bridgeport Avenue Tuesday and discovered someone had broken into the store overnight and stolen several pieces of lawn care equipment.
Police watched surveillance video, which showed a man driving a red Chevrolet pickup truck up to the business before breaking into it.
“This same red Chevrolet pickup truck has been involved in several commercial burglaries in Shelton from late 2017 through this month,” Bango said.
On Thursday, a red Chevrolet pickup truck broke down on Huntington Street.
“Detectives arrived on scene and ascertained that this was the same truck involved in the rash of commercial burglaries,” Bango said.
The driver, Michael Macy, was also “wearing a distinct hooded jacket that was seen on surveillance videos of past burglaries.”
Bango said the truck was unregistered and uninsured, so police arrested him on charges of operating an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to insure a motor vehicle.
Police then obtained an arrest warrant charging Macy with third-degree burglary, fourth-degree larceny, and third-degree criminal mischief.
Macy was held on $50,000 bond to be arraigned at Superior Court in Derby Friday.
Bango said police expect to file additional charges soon.