Early Morning Car Thefts in Old Greenwich Result in Foot Chase, Multiple Arrests

Juan Espier, Jan 7, 2019 Photo courtesy Greenwich Police Dept

Juan Espier, Jan 7, 2019 Photo courtesy Greenwich Police Dept

Mas Alba. Jan 7, 2019 Photo courtesy Greenwich Police Dept

Mas Alba. Jan 7, 2019 Photo courtesy Greenwich Police Dept

On Jan 5, 2019 around 6:00am Greenwich Police received a tip about cars being entered and a vehicle missing from a driveway in the area of Shore Road and Tod’s Driftway.

When police reached the area, they stopped a 2006 Toyota RAV 4 in the area of 164 Shore Road that was driving with its headlights off.

Upon approaching the car police smelled marijuana.

Investigation revealed that the driver of the stolen RAV 4 was Mas Alba, 19, of 63 Orchard Street in Stamford, who was driving with a suspended license.

There was also a juvenile in the car.

After interviewing the suspects, police determined that the car was used in connection with crimes including Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 3 and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 2. Alba was also charged with Driving an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Driving Under Suspension, Failure to Display Lights and Interfering with an Officer/Resisting Arrest.

Alba was unable to post his $2,500 bond and has a court date in Stamford on Jan 22, 2019.

The juvenile was also charged.


During the motor vehicle stop, police say a white Jeep Patriot drove past and sped off. Police determined that car had been stolen in the overnight hours between Jan 4 and 5, and pursued it.

The driver, later identified as Juan P Espier, 18, of 11 Hinckly Ave in Stamford, drove down a dead end off Shore Road and then fled on foot.

He was apprehended a short time after and was found in possession of a THC oil cartridge, head lamp flash light and assorted change and a Town of Greenwich beach pass window sticker.

He was charged him with possession of Less than 1/2 Oz Cannabis, Burglary 3, Possession of Burglary Tools, Larceny 2, Larceny 6 and Interfering with an Officer/Resisting Arrest.

His bond was set at $5,000, which he was unable to post. He has a date in Stamford Superior Court on Jan 22, 2019.


In a separate incident, a white 2018 Toyota Highlander that was stolen in the overnight hours between Jan 4 and 5th. The car was recovered in another jurisdiction outside Greenwich.

The car had been left unlocked with the keys in it.