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Man Charged in Norwalk Car, Credit Card Thefts

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk car chase in October led to an arrest Tuesday after a Bridgeport man turned himself in on a warrant in the case of a stolen vehicle, Norwalk police say. A woman who jumped out of a fleeing car said she had been pushed and identified Stephen Martin, 38, as the driver, according to Sgt. Lisa Cotto. He is thought to have stolen credit cards from LA Fitness.

Cotto gave the following account:

A Hyundai Santa Fe was reported stolen from North Main Street on Oct. 12. Police spotted it the next day and gave chase, but it got away. The passenger who jumped out was arrested because she had drug paraphernalia in her possession.

Police found the car, valued at $7,400 to $9,200, was found Oct. 14 on Osbourne Avenue. The owner's computer had been in the car; it was gone. The car was towed. Police found receipts in the car that did not belong to its owner. They had credit card numbers on them, which matched cards taken Oct. 13 from LA Fitness, located at 761 Main Ave.

Martin was charged with credit card theft, third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, illegal use of a credit card and third-degree larceny. Bond was set at $45,000.

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