Police have arrested an 18-year-old from Bridgeport in connection with a home burglary on Cleveland Avenue early Wednesday morning.
Rafael Vasquez is also accused of breaking into and stealing from a car in an unrelated incident, according to police.
Vasquez was arrested after a neighbor called police to report a man in dark clothing creeping around the area with a flashlight. Police said they arrived to find Vasquez still at the home.
When officers confronted him, Vasquez took off running. They found him crouching under a deck, police said.
Officers searched his clothing to discover a debit card and Canon camera. Vasquez claimed the camera was his own, but couldn’t identify the model or tell police what kinds of pictures might be on the memory card. He said he didn’t know where the debit card had come from, according to police.
Vasquez told police he was homeless and living in his car in a detached garage at the Cleveland Avenue home. Police searched the car and found a number of other stolen items, including a laptop and a University of Bridgeport student ID, authorities said.
When officers contacted the student, she told them her car had been broken into earlier this month, according to police.
Vasquez was charged with fourth-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools, interfering with police, criminal trespass and criminal attempt at second-degree burglary.