On Wednesday, May 3, 2023, Trumbull police arrested four teenagers after they were observed attempting to enter parked vehicles in the Trumbull Marriott parking lot, after they abandoned a stolen vehicle and ran from officers. Two thirteen (13) year old males, one fourteen (14) year old male, and one fifteen (15) year old male, all from New Haven, were arrested and charged for the crimes in this incident.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., the Trumbull police were notified of four (4) suspects pulling on car door handles in the parking lot of the Marriott on Hawley Lane. A responding officer observed the juveniles, matching the description of the suspects, leaving the area and walking through the parking lot. The officer told them to stop, but they ran away through the nearby woods towards Target. The group of teens eventually ran into Best Buy where they all were finally apprehended by police.
Officers checking the area located a red 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS, which was reported stolen to Shelton police this same day. This red Hyundai was found unoccupied with the engine running, a window shattered and the ignition was broken as it was parked at the rear of the Marriott. There was also a USB cord found on the driver’s side floor which is commonly used to start Hyundai's to steal after removing the ignition cover.
Police investigation revealed that a blue Hyundai had been recovered in Shelton, which had been reported stolen to the West Haven police on May 1, 2023. This blue Hyundai was driven to Shelton by the teens, where they abandoned it before stealing the red Hyundai. The fifteen (15) year old was also listed as a Missing Person by the New Haven Police Department on April 4, 2023.
All juveniles were charged with Larceny of Motor Vehicle, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny of Motor Vehicle, and Interfering with Police. They were all released to the custody of their guardians on a Promise to Appear in New Haven Juvenile Court on May 4, 2023.