DARIEN, Conn. -- Three Florida men were charged with a series of smash-and-grab car burglaries in Darien, according to police.
Oliver Chance, 24; Kenton Chance, 31; and Jerevonte Bray, 18, all of Fort Lauderdale, were charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, two counts of sixth-degree larceny by possession, fourth-degree larceny and three counts of credit card theft.
Each was held on $100,000 bond and will appear in court Monday.
During the past week, Darien police have investigated several smash-and-grab car burglaries where the suspects targeted vehicles in parking lots that had purses and other valuables visible inside.
During the investigation, it was discovered that proceeds from several of these burglaries were recovered in the West Haven area, according to police.
Darien officers identified the vehicle the suspects were using not only for the burglaries in Darien, but in several other cities and states, police said.
On Thursday night, Darien detectives conducted a focused surveillance on several West Haven locations in collaboration with the West Have Police Street Crime Unit, police said. At around 10:30 p.m. a West Haven officer spotted the suspect vehicle traveling on Elm Street in West Haven, according to police. The vehicle was stopped and the three occupants were detained.
Police said that inside the vehicle officers located a significant amount of cash, stolen credit cards and gift cards, jewelry, burglary tools, a stolen license plate, and proceeds from burglaries that occurred in adjoining states. The three occupants were then arrested by Darien police.
Police said the 2015 Ford Explorer had been rented by Oliver Chance from a rent-a-car business at the Fort Lauderdale airport.
All three men have extensive criminal histories in multiple states and are convicted felons, according to police. It was also discovered that both Bray and Kenton Chance are wanted persons in different states, police said.
Police said that the investigation remains active and investigators are exploring possible connections to other incidents.
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