Cruiser as Getaway Car, Not Happening


A would-be burglar might have thought he got very lucky on Monday when he found an empty cruiser just sitting in the driveway. But, he soon learned that cops don’t just leave keys around for the bad guys to take off in their cars. 

The events that led to that realization, along with a chase through the woods and the arrest of one of the two men, started on Riverbend Road in Trumbull on Monday afternoon.

A burglary was reported at the Trumbull house just after 1:30 p.m.

As the first police officer was arriving, one of the two suspects was leaving the house. The cop confronted the man, so he ran back into the house, police said. 

Soon, the officer realized that both suspects had left the house because one was sitting in the drivers’ seat of the police cruiser. The second was next to the car. 

When they realized that the keys were not in the cruiser, they ran into a wooded area.

Fabian Rodriguez was arrested, charged with burglary, interfering with police, criminal attempt to commit Larceny and larceny and released on $100,000 bond at about 9:30 p.m.

Police have not yet found the second suspect.

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