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Norwalk Police Nab Alleged Tire Thieves In Chase

NORWALK, Conn. – Three young people were caught in the act of stealing expensive rims and tires from a Cadillac early Wednesday, Norwalk Police say. The suspects fled, but came back a short while later. Police arrested two of them after a foot pursuit.

Damian Caber-Martes, 18, of 109 Keeler Ave. was charged with disorderly conduct, assault third degree, interfering with an officer, larceny fourth degree and conspiracy. Fredelix Vasquez, 21, of 133 Monterey Place, was charged with larceny fourth degree and conspiracy.

The complainant said he had been awakened by his barking dog at about 3 a.m. at 4 Harding St., according to Sgt. Bruce Hume. He went to the front door and saw three people stealing the tires and rims from his father's Cadillac. The car was on two jacks, one on each side. The suspects ran, taking the tires and rims from the vehicle's left side with them. The tires on the right side were being held on by one lug nut.

The complainant called back at 4 a.m. and said the thieves had come back. An officer saw four suspects running from the scene. He caught Caber-Martes in a foot pursuit, Hume said. Another officer apprehended Vasquez.

Caber-Martes denied knowing anything about it, according to Hume. Vasquez is quoted as saying, "He was involved in it but I was walkin' to my boys' crib."

The Cadillac is owned by Areion Global, a limousine service in Stamford. The rims were valued at $500 each and the tires were worth $150. The stolen property has not been recovered.

Also on the police blotter:

? Police say that Ross Polshikov, 71, of 20 Maplewood Place, Stamford, stole a driver's side mirror while shopping at a Norwalk junk yard, in full view of a worker. The worker unsuccesfully tried to stop Polshikov from stealing the mirror but got his license plate number, according to Hume. He was arrested Tuesday and charged with larceny sixth degree.

Polshikov admitted to taking the mirror off the Volkswagen Passat, Hume said. Polshikov said that, because the car was old, he assumed he could take the mirror and it wouldn't be an issue. Polshikov said he gave the mirror to a friend and he has no means to contact him.

? Five cars were found broken into Wednesday morning at a Norwalk muffler shop. Some of the vehicles parked at Monroe Muffler, located at 280 Westport Ave., suffered smashed windows. Contents of the vehicles had been stolen.

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