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

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.