Louis Gonzalez, 41, of Stamford was arrested Sunday in connection with a string of car burglaries in Darien, Stamford and New Canaan. A woman from Stamford was visiting a grave at St. John's Cemetery Sunday afternoon. When she returned to her car her handbag had been dumped on the floor and the wallet, along with $40 in cash, had been taken. The car was unlocked and the driver's side window was rolled down, but the woman was only away for a few minutes. She told police that she saw an older model, white car parked nearby and drive away.
An officer in the area saw the white car and stopped it in Stamford. Gonzalez, the driver, told the officer that he had been at the cemetery paying his respects, but was unable to say whose grave he was visiting. In his car were shards of glass, a pair of gloves, flathead screwdrivers and other tools used for burglary. Gonzalez, who has a record of multiple robberies and burglaries, was also driving with a suspended registration.
Police said that they found numerous items in his glove compartment that had been stolen from other cars, such as GPS devices and cell phones. Gonzalez told them that the items were stolen, but he had bought them, though he was unable to say from whom. There was also $150 in cash, including some of the same denominations that had been taken from the car at St. John's Cemetery. In his trunk were some Coach purses and handbags and a fur blanket, which he said was stolen. The police also found a white rag in his engine compartment that had wrapped in it three Social Security cards and three credit cards.
Gonzalez had between $500 and $1,000 worth of stolen property in his car, police said. Victims of car burglaries in Darien, New Canaan and Stamford were able to identify items as theirs. Police believe he is also connected with two car burglaries at the Darien Nature Center last month, and three others in New Canaan.
He was charged with third-degree burglary, fifth-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools, credit card theft and driving with a suspended license. He was held in lieu of a $10,000 bond and went to court Monday.
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