Police have arrested the men accused of breaking into cars in Westport after a homeowner caught them in the act early Friday morning.
According to police, James Fleming admitted to breaking into multiple cars after police arrested him at a Norwalk motel. His getaway driver and “lookout,” Gary Cappiello and Brian Martinez, reportedly confessed to helping Fleming carry out the burglaries.
Officers tracked them down after a resident of Imperial Lane called police around 3 p.m. to report that someone had broken into a vehicle at the home. The resident provided police with a description of the suspects’ getaway car and police pulled them over in the area.
A search of the car turned up a “large machete type knife” on the floor behind the driver’s seat, according to police. Cappiello and Martinez were in the car and Fleming was found at a motel in Norwalk.
All three were arrested.
Fleming was charged with third-degree burglary of a motor vehicle and criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Cappiello was charged with conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and carrying weapons in a motor vehicle, and Martinez was charged with conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.
Bonds for all three men were set at $2,500 and they were each arraigned in Norwalk Superior Court today.