Man Accused of Stealing from Cars

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    Hamden Police
    Luis Martinez Jr. is accused of stealing from cars.

    Hamden police have arrested a 24-year-old New Haven man accused of breaking into a car parked at a gym and stealing several credit cards.

    Police responded to the parking lot of Edge Fitness at 2300 Dixwell Avenue Hamden on Jan. 26 to investigate a theft from a motor vehicle.

    Someone had forced his way into a gym member’s car and stolen personal belongings as well as several credit cards that were used to make several hundred dollars worth of purchases, police said.

    Days later, members of the Derby Police Department arrested Luis Martinez Jr., who they said was trying to burglarize a car that was parked in the parking lot of Edge Fitness in Derby.

    Hamden Police later learned that Martinez Jr. was responsible for the Jan. 26 theft, police said.

    Detective John Marks then obtained an arrest warrant for Martinez Jr.

    Around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, Officer Joseph Venditto of the Hamden Police Department arrested Martinez Jr. after conducting a motor vehicle stop and he was brought to police headquarters.

    Martinez Jr., 24, of South Orange Street in New Haven, has been charged with third-degree identity theft, conspiracy to commit identity theft in the third degree, credit card theft by Transfer, conspiracy to commit credit card theft by transfer, illegal use of a credit card, conspiracy to commit illegal use of a credit card, larceny in the sixth degree and conspiracy to commit larceny in the sixth degree.

    Martinez Jr., was detained on a $30,000 bond and is due to appear in court in Meriden on February 21.

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