West Hartford police arrest suspect in connection with string of car thefts, break-ins

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Jose Monge

WEST HARTFORD — Police arrested a suspect they said is tied to a series of car thefts and break-ins that have plagued the town this week. In total, at least 27 cars were broken into and three were stolen since Tuesday.

Police arrested Jose Monge, 19, of Hartford Thursday, after they found a car at a gas station that had been reported stolen. As police were arresting Monge, they noticed other men getting into a Volvo XC90 that was reported stolen from Bloomfield. Those men took off before police could arrest them.

Eventually police recovered all three vehicles stolen in West Hartford and the Volvo from Bloomfield. The other recovered vehicle was an Acura RDX.

In addition, they recovered the property that was taken from the car break-ins in both towns.

Monge was charged with larceny, and conspiracy to commit larceny.

Police believe that four or five other people may be involved and they expect to make more arrests. The said it is an unorganized gang of kids.

West Hartford Police said this is an active investigation between West Hartford, Bloomfield and Hartford police departments. There will be additional patrols out Friday night.

Police advise everyone not to leave vehicles unlocked, leave valuables in plain sight and to not leave a car running with door unlocked.

All the vehicles were unlocked and the stolen cars had keys left in them. One vehicle was running at 8:30 a.m. while owner was warming it up.