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Waterbury Man Stole Rims and Tires: Watertown Police

Watertown police have arrested a man accused of stealing rims and tires then trying to sell them online.

The investigation began on July 28, when a Subaru parked for service at a shop on New Wood Road was found up on blocks with the rims and tires stolen. Surveillance video showed a male suspect removing the rims around 2 a.m. and driving off in a Ford Escape.

A few days later investigators spotted the rims and tires for sale on the website Offerup. They were identified based off a mark on one of the rims that the owner had reported.

Watertown detectives arranged to buy the merchandise from the unknown seller in Waterbury.

The seller, later identified as 30-year-old Kristian Rivera, arrived in the same Ford Escape seen on surveillance video, police said.

Rivera was arrested Monday and charged with third-degree larceny. He was issued a $5,000 bond and is due in court on Aug. 15, 2017. He was then turned over to Waterbury police on a warrant out of their city.

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