iPad Leads Police to Suspected Car Thief

New Haven police have found a stolen car and arrested a suspect with a little help from an iPad left in the car.

A resident of Fairfield Street in New Haven called police at 8:14 p.m. on Monday when she got home to find her back door open and noticed that her car keys and car were missing, according to police.

Using “location based technology,” police determined that the car was in the Hill neighborhood and police spotted someone driving it on Howe Street at North Frontage Road, police said.

Brock Bacote, 22, of New Haven, was the only person in the car and sped off when he saw officers, police said.

Police chased him until they got to York Street because they felt it was too dangerous.

When another officer saw the car at Crown and Howe streets, Bacote was no longer in it, but people in the area told officers that they saw a man run from the vehicle and led them right to him.

Police said Bacote was hiding on the roof at 395 Crown Street.

Police took Bacote into custody and they confiscated a BB gun that was in his car.

He was charged with criminal and motor violations including larceny in the second degree, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, engaging officers in pursuit, reckless driving and trespass.


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