Police have arrested two young men accused of stealing the key from a car parked on Flower Drive in Hamden.
Melik Henry and Willie Griffin, both 19, were taken into custody over the weekend.
Officers investigating the report of suspicious people on Brentwood Terrace spotted the two suspects in a resident's backyard and ran after them. Police said they found Henry hiding under a deck holding a stolen car key.
According to police, Henry had entered the parked car and taken the key.
He was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer and simple trespass. Henry, of New Haven, was held on $3,500 bond and is due in court July 27.
Griffin was taken into custody and arrested on a warrant out of New Haven.