Suspects Attempted to Steal $4,000 Worth of Tires: Police

Milford police have arrested two men accused of stealing tires off cars at a local dealership.

Ismael Mercado, 29, and Luis Rodriquez, 30, both of New Haven, were arrested Saturday.

Police said they were called to Courtney Honda, located at 767 Bridgeport Avenue, around 3:45 a.m. Saturday for reports of two suspicious men walking around the parking lot. According to police, surveillance video showed the men taking tires off some of the vehicles and leaving the cars on cinder blocks.

Police located the two suspects, who were trying to hide in the lot, with the help of K9 Zar.

Mercado was injured trying to flee K9 Zar. He was treated on scene and brought to the emergency room for evaluation.

Both men were charged with third-degree larceny, criminal attempt to commit larceny, criminal trespassing, tampering with a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, and interfering with an officer/resisting arrest.

Police said the pair tried to steal $4,000 worth of tires and did $500 worth of damage to a fence around the lot.

They were each released on a $10,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 27.

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