STAMFORD, Conn. — A Stamford teen spotted trying to open car doors on the city's West Side overnight Wednesday was arrested with a stolen and loaded handgun, police said.
At 12:42 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Conor Canning and Officer Steven Orgera were patrolling and spotted a suspicious person on Piave Street, police said.
The suspect, later identified as Lenold Auguste, 19, of 20 Spruce St., attempt to open the door of a parked vehicle, police said.
Auguste then noticed the police car and started to walk away, but the officers stopped him, police said.
He was holding something in his coat pocket, and a pat-down turned up a loaded handgun with a round in the chamber, police said.
The handgun had been reported stolen out of Columbia, Conn., police said.
Auguste was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal attempt at burglary, possession of a stolen firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. He was held on $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear to court Oct. 17.
"The Stamford Police Department is proud of the proactive work of Officers Canning and Orgera," Lt. Michael A. Noto said in a statement. "The City of Stamford has experienced a rash of thefts from cars recently and these officers, while proactively patrolling their post, prevented such a theft and recovered a stolen firearm in the process. This was a dangerous situation. Through the professionalism of Officers Canning and Orgera, this situation was resolved with no one getting hurt and another gun was removed from the street."
Residents are urged to report any suspicious activity to the Stamford Police Department.
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