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Stamford Man, 20, Charged In Spree Of Break-Ins Of Unlocked Cars In Darien

Jabari White
Jabari White Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

DARIEN, Conn. -- A Stamford man was charged with breaking into at least 10 Darien cars in one night, and police say they are looking into possible connections to other recent car burglaries.

Jabari White, 20, was charged with 10 counts of third-degree burglary, as well as sixth-degree larceny, theft of a credit card, illegal use of credit card, operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol, failure to display plates/inserts, possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest stemmed from a string of car burglaries that took place in Darien during the overnight hours of Aug. 17. Police said that 10 cars in the area of Outlook Drive, Miles Road, Hollow Tree Ridge Road and Post Road were broken into and items were stolen.

Officers developed White as a suspect when a credit card stolen from one of the cars on Outlook Drive was used shortly after at the nearby rest stop on I-95 north, according to police.

Police said that White used the card at a Best Buy kiosk and bought gas. Surveillance footage showed his car, a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant, police said.

Officers were on the lookout for the car, and at 1 a.m. Monday, two officers on patrol spotted it on Post Road near the Norwalk line, according to police.

They followed the car as it got onto I-95 south near Duchess, police said that it drove erratically for several miles.

Eventually the car got off the highway at Exit 7, swerving to the exit from the middle lane and cutting off a tractor-trailer, police said. It was eventually stopped on Richmond Hill Avenue in Stamford, police said.

White was in the car with two females, and that there was an odor of marijuana emanating from the car, police said. White appeared to be under the influence, and failed field sobriety tests, according to police reports. He was taken into custody.

Police said that a search of his car yielded 13.2 grams of marijuana, as well as a Snoop Dogg vaporizer.

White is out of prison on parole after an arrest on narcotics charges, police said. His parole officer was contacted and White was remanded to custody and held without bond. Police said he has about another three years left on his sentence.

After he was taken to Darien police headquarters, White spoke with investigators about the car burglaries. Police said that White admitted that he had broken into 10 unlocked cars on the night in questions.

White told police that he had seen news reports of break-ins at unlocked cars and, knowing that there were unlocked cars in Darien, he went to town on four or five occasions to commit car burglaries, according to police reports.

Police are investigating whether any other car burglaries in town could be connected to White.

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