STAMFORD, Conn., -- Two cell phones helped police arrest a man who allegedly stole a car in Bridgeport around 3 a.m. Thursday and drove it to Stamford Hospital to get his hand checked, police said.
Charged with third-degree larceny is James McLaughlin, 34, of 1104 Mill Creek Road, Chatham VA., He was held on a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Friday.
The incident started with the owner of a 2012 Nissan sedan reporting to police that his car had been stolen. He remembered he had left his cellphone in the car and used its tracking device to find that it was in Stamford and tracked it to Stamford Hospital. He called Stamford Police after 10 a.m.to report the theft.
It was then some good luck - and an officer's working back to back shifts - that led to the arrest. The officer who was dispatched to the car discovered not only the owner's cell phone but a second pink cell phone, Sgt.Jennifer Lynch said. A few hours earlier the same officer had been dispatched to the hospital after a man in had caused a commotion in the emergency room. The man also complained that he was missing his cell phone.
His relief at getting his cell phone back was tempered by the fact he was charged with possession of stolen property.