Man arrested in convenience store burglary

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Kenny Xavier Tapia

A Bridgeport man was arrested and charged with third degree burglary, sixth degree larceny and second degree criminal mischief following Shelton Police’s response to a burglar alarm at Scooters convenience store located at 484 Bridgeport Ave. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

At approximately 1:30 AM, Shelton Police responded to a burglar alarm at the convenience store. Upon officer’s arrival, they discovered the front door glass had been smashed and the store was “burglarized.”

After watching the store’s surveillance video, two men could be seen pulling up to the store in a silver Pontiac just prior to burglarizing it. Shelton Detective Christopher Nugent, who was working an overnight private duty job on Bridgeport Ave, witnessed a silver Pontiac pass him just prior to the burglary and happened to take note of the license plate. A Be On the Lookout warning (BOLO) was subsequently issued to surrounding towns regarding the Pontiac in question.

At approximately 3 A.M., Bridgeport Police stopped a silver Pontiac matching the description of the one used in the burglary. Shelton Officers responded to Bridgeport and spoke with operator of the vehicle, Kenny Xavier Tapia, 21, of Bridgeport. Tapia was wearing similar clothing to one of the men in seen in the surveillance footage. Burglary tools and rolls of coins were allegedly also located in Tapia’s vehicle.

Tapia was arrested and charged was arrested and charged with third degree burglary, sixth degree larceny and second degree criminal mischief. He was arraigned at Derby Superior court on Oct. 26.

The Shelton Police are still investigating the incident and additional arrests are expected.

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