VERNON – A K-9 helped authorities recover a stolen pickup truck and arrest the person responsible Tuesday, according to state police.
The suspect was charged with theft of a motor vehicle, driving under the influence (subsequent misdemeanor) and other motor vehicle offenses, Connecticut state police said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning. Their name, age and hometown were not disclosed.
The pickup truck was stolen in Ellington on Tuesday, according to state police. Soldiers with Troop C, from Tolland, responded to a West Road address to investigate the report, state police said.
While the soldiers were investigating, a civilian called the Vernon Police to report that a suspicious truck was parked in the civilian’s apartment complex, according to state police. Responding soldiers and Vernon police officers confirmed the suspect truck was one that had been reported stolen in Ellington, state police said. It was unoccupied at the time of recovery, state police said.
K-9 Drago state police have been deployed to assist in the investigation, the state police said. He led soldiers through the apartment complex before stopping in front of an apartment, according to state police.
Vernon’s soldiers and officers discovered the suspect inside the residence, state police said. They were still in possession of the key to the stolen truck, the state police added.