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HPD: 7th Auto Theft Charge For Teen Shot While Behind The Wheel Of Stolen Car

Hartford police said they recovered four stolen cars during an auto theft operation Monday and arrested three suspected thieves, including — for the second time in 11 days — a 17-year-old who had been shot in the face by the owner of a stolen car.

The teen’s arrest, which followed a foot chase, marked his seventh stolen car charge, police said. Also arrested was Mickey Quinones, 18, of Wilson Street and Kevin Mercado, 26, of Zion Street, both in the city.

Police staked out the city’s Behind the Rocks and Frog Hollow neighborhoods, where the department’s Auto Theft Unit had seen stolen cars. Within a few hours, police recovered four stolen cars valued at more than $55,000:...