Norwalk police officers had their guns drawn in the Norwalk Community College parking lot Tuesday afternoon. They call the "low-ready position:" aimed at the ground but ready to raise and fire if needed.
They were ready to apprehend Davonte Lewis, 18, of Stamford, after he got into a stolen car as if he owned it, according to police. The 2009 Toyota Corolla was stolen from Stamford three weeks ago. The keys had been in the car.
The Toyota's owner spotted his car in the NCC lot and called his mother. She came and agreed it was his car, although the license plate did not match. She called police, who checked the vehicle identification number and confirmed it was his. The license plate belonged to a Subaru, whose owner had seen two men steal the plate. It had been canceled.
Police waited to see who would come for the car. It took only 15 minutes. Police say Lewis walked up, put something in the trunk and got in. When he started the car, police blocked him in. They say Lewis put his hands up, and they put away their guns.
A handcuffed Lewis asked why he was being arrested. "You know why," police replied. "I know, I stole the car," Lewis said, according to police. "I needed it to get to school."
The Subaru is now missing. Lewis told police he had not stolen it. He took the plate off it because it looked abandoned, the police report said.
Lewis was charged with larceny, misuse of a plate and theft of a plate. Bond was set at $2,500.
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