Police arrested a Shelton man who they say broke into city vehicles and fled police on foot on the 4th of July.
Stefano Cervera Jr., 28, of Shelton, took off running from the Shelton Community Center toward the woods on Friday when a patrol officer stopped to check out a broken rear window on one of the city vehicles and several bags of tools piled on the ground nearby.
Another police officer responded and chased after Cervera Jr., who threw a hypodermic needle on the ground as he fled, police said. The officer caught him and police charged Cervera Jr. with two counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, interfering with an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police also charged Cervera Jr. with third-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm in connection to a separate stolen firearm case reported on July 3.
Shelton police held him in custody on a $125,000 bond and he is scheduled to appear in court in Derby on July 7.