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Police: Waterbury man stole officer’s car, used credit cards for food

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WATERBURY — Police said a man stole a rookie officer’s car and used his credit cards buy food at a Taco Bell and shop at Walmart.

The Republican-American reports 21-year-old Waterbury resident Derrick Johnson was charged Tuesday with multiple offenses, including burglary, second-degree larceny and identity theft.

Police said Johnson stole the car from a Waterbury parking garage on Jan. 23, the night of the officer’s police academy graduation. Investigators said Johnson bought items from Walmart and Taco Bell with the stolen credit cards before leaving the car in a private lot.

Police later recovered the car. Investigators said they identified Johnson using surveillance footage.

Johnson is being held on $25,000 bail. A hearing is scheduled in Waterbury Superior Court next month.

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