NAUGATUCK — Two Waterbury teens were arrested Wednesday afternoon after police said they stole a car belonging to ICES, a borough-based organization serving people with cognitive disorders.
Tyquai Young, 18, of 1 Crystal Terrace, and a 16-year-old boy whose name was not released, were charged with participating in the theft, which occurred at about 12:30 p.m., police said. They and two others took the Ford Focus, marked “carrying school children,” from the parking lot of Cumberland Farms on North Main Street, where an employee had taken it to be refueled, police said.
The car had a tracking device and police were able to trace it to the parking lot of a condominium complex on Shirley Street in Waterbury, said Lt. Bryan Cammarata of the Naugatuck Police Department.
When Cammarata and Waterbury officers arrived, a group of four males in their teens or early twenties ran from a 2008 Audi A4, said Acting Deputy Chief Christopher Corbett of the Waterbury Police Department. The Audi had been reported stolen from a gas station in Ansonia, Cammarata said.
After a foot chase, officers arrested Young near the intersection of West Main Street and Grandview Avenue, while the younger teen was arrested at Highland and Starview avenues, Corbett said. Both were charged with larceny in the third degree and interfering with an officer.
Police believe the group is connected to more motor vehicle thefts in Waterbury and surrounding towns, Corbett said. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated, Corbett said.