Police Release Details on Suspects Arrested in Good Friday Car Theft

Greenwich Police released information on the five suspects arrested over the holiday weekend for larceny in Cos Cob. The incident was first reported early on Friday morning, after a concerned citizen who saw a group of youths going through cars and contacted police.

According to Lt. Kraig Gray, the group of young adults and youths took off on foot. During the pursuit, one police officer observed two suspects in a stolen 2005 Mercdes Benz in the opposite lane of traffic.  The officer turned around and the suspects engaged him in pursuit.

The pursuit, which started in Cos Cob, wound up on Rte 1. Lt Gray said that after the suspects reached a high rate of speed on Putnam Avenue, the officer broke off the pursuit due to the safety threat to the community, police and the youths.

But the suspects didn’t leave Cos Cob.

According to Lt. Gray, as officers continued to look for anything of a suspicious nature, the two youths returned to Cos Cob in the Mercedes Benz and the same officer recognized the suspects.

When the suspects reached the dead end of Seitz Lane, they jumped out and fled on foot.

According to Lt Gray, during the foot chase, one suspect jumped over the bridge on US 1 which he described as extremely reckless behavior.

“One of the officers observed three of them running. They separated and as he chased two, he caught one out of the corner of his eye jump off the bridge over the Mianus River and that’s where he lost sight of him.”

Lt Gray said police contacted the marine division because police thought it was possible a suspect was in the water. Marine Police who arrived by boat, spotted two suspects hiding in the reeds. The Marine Police coordinated with Patrol Officers who caught those two suspects.

The five arrested included three 18-year-olds and two  juveniles, 17-year-old’s. All the suspects are from the Bronx.

Demitri Douglas, 18, of 4305 Furman Street in the Bronx was charged with Burglary 3 and Larceny 6.

Akeyle Baker, 18, of 4229 Hill Ave in the Bronx was charged with Speeding Reckless Driving, Engaging Police in Pursuit, Larceny 3 and Interfering with an Officer.

Shayshawn Camaron Covert, 18, of 1141 E 229th Street in the Bronx was charged with Burglary 3, Larceny 6, and Interfering with an Officer.

Also, over the weekend, a 2012 silver Jeep Wrangler reported stolen from Cos Cob Ave  was located in the Bronx by New York Police Dept.

“NYPD called us and said they located the Jeep in the Bronx,” Gray said, adding that the car was stolen at the exact time as the Mercedes-Benz.

“We’re operating off the theory this is the same group of youths,” he said. “But no arrests were made in conjunction with the Jeep Wrangler.”

All five suspects were charged with Larceny 3. Two suspects who stole the Mercedes, were also charged with Reckless Driving and Engaging Police in Pursuit.

According to Greenwich Police the investigation remains open. This story will updated as more information becomes available.

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Greenwich Police Arrest 5 Car Thieves; Others on the Run in Cos Cob