Shelton man charged with breaking into city-owned vehicles

A Shelton man has been charged with tampering with city-owned vehicles at the Shelton Community Center on Church Street.

Stefano Cervera Jr., 28, of Nichols Avenue in Shelton, was charged July 4 with two counts of third-degree burglary, interfering with an officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cervera Jr. separately was charged with third-degree burglary of a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm based on a stolen firearm case that was reported on the previous day, July 3.

On the Fourth of July, Shelton police officer Chris Nugent was on patrol and noticed several bags of tools stacked in a pile adjacent to city of Shelton work vehicles at the Shelton Community Center, which is near the Huntington Green.

Nugent also noticed that the rear window of one of the city-owned work vehicles was broken.

Officer chased suspect into the woods

Officer Myles Dupont arrived on scene and located a male running from the community center towards the woods, according to reports. Dupont chased the male into the woods.

The male — later identified as Cervera Jr. — allegedly threw a hypodermic needle while being chased and was eventually caught by Dupont.

Cervera Jr. is being held on a $125,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Derby on July 7.