Photo: Bethel Police Department
BETHEL — Three people were recently arrested after being caught riding around in an SUV that police say was not only stolen, but believed to be connected to a string of vehicle break-ins.
Jary Perdomo and Natali Morfa-Fermin, of Bethel, and Danbury resident Frederico Mateo-Ogando were taken into custody Tuesday after police stopped a gray Mercedes SUV on Greenwood Avenue around 3:10 a.m.
Police said the vehicle was believed to have been involved in car break-ins in Bethel and surrounding towns, and a computer check showed that the SUV was reported stolen.
Perdomo, Morfa-Fermin and Mateo-Ogando were arrested and charged with first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, conspiracy to commit possession with intent to sell and possession of less than a half-ounce of cannabis.
Perdomo and Morfa-Fermin were also charged with use/possession of drug paraphernalia, while Mateo was charged with use of drug paraphernalia.
Police said they found multiple “evidentiary items” inside the vehicle, which will “probably lead to arrests for other break-ins in multiple jurisdictions.”
Mateo-Ogando, 24, and Perdomo, 25, are both being held on $50,000 bond and have plea hearings at state Superior Court in Danbury scheduled for Dec. 8 and Dec. 17, respectively.
Morfa-Fermin, 24, was released after posting a $7,500 bond and has a plea hearing scheduled for Dec. 8.
Tuesday was not the first time Perdomo, Morfa-Fermin or Mateo-Ogando have been arrested, according to court records.
Morfa-Fermin was convicted of conspiracy to commit first- and second-degree robbery and violation of probation in 2015, and Mateo-Orgando was convicted of conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery and second-degree threatening in 2019.
Perdomo was convicted of third-degree assault, third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary and use of drug paraphernalia in 2015. He is also facing identity theft, larceny and other charges stemming from an incident in Danbury this past January, according to court records.