An observant off-duty Shelton police officer helped solve a burglary Wednesday morning.
Shelton police said around 1:30 a.m. police responded to a burglary alarm at Scooters convenience store at 484 Bridgeport Avenue. When they arrived thy found the front door glass smashed and the store burglarized.
Surveillance video showed two men pull up to the store in a silver Pontiac just before the alarm went off, police said.
Meanwhile, Detective Christopher Nugent was working a private duty job on Bridgeport Avenue and noticed a silver Pontiac pass him. He passed the plate number along and after a BOLO was issued Bridgeport police located the vehicle around 3 a.m.
The driver, identified as 21-year-old Kenny Xavier of Bridgeport, was wearing clothing similar to one of the subjects in the surveillance video. Police said they also found burglary tools and rolls of coins in the vehicle.
Tapia was arrested and charged with burglary, larceny and criminal mischief. He was arraigned Wednesday.
Police said the case is still under investigation and more arrests are expected.