A backpack-toting pedestrian who tried to hide behind a bush when a West Hartford officer drove past in the middle of the night turned out to be a suspected car burglar, police said.
Police said they gave the pedestrian, who turned out to be 15, a juvenile summons for third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny and turned him over to the custody of a parent.
According to police, the officer became suspicious when he drove by the pedestrian on Park Road near Troy Street about 4:10 a.m. Saturday. The pedestrian was wearing dark clothing and carrying a backpack, and as the officer got closer, the person quickly tried to hide behind a shrub, police said.
The officer got out of his car and started talking the pedestrian, but the person gave conflicting statements about what he was doing. When the officer asked if he could look in his backpack, the pedestrian agreed. Police said they later found out the pedestrian was 15.
Inside the backpack was a large wrench, house keys, a tangle of charging cords, $8.14 in loose change, head phones and two GPS units, police said. The officer pressed “home” on the GPS devices and learned that the items had been stolen from Milton Street and Maplewood Avenue.
Police said they found two unlocked cars on those streets with empty GPS holders.
The case should serve as another reminder that residents should remove valuables from their cars and lock them every night, police said.