SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain teen has been charged in a car theft last August in Southington.
Osvaldo Vellon, 18, allegedly stole a 2011 Infiniti from a driveway on Minthal Drive sometime overnight between Aug. 5 and 6, according to police. The vehicle, worth about $20,000, was unlocked and had its key fob in the center console.
The vehicle was found two days later in New Britain. Southington police searched the car and submitted evidence found to the state’s Forensic Science Laboratory. According to police, the evidence was later traced back to Vellon in October.
Vellon is facing one count of second-degree larceny after he was charged last week. He is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Feb. 15.
Vellon had already been held in custody, having been convicted in a similar case last fall. On Nov. 20, he pleaded guilty to one count each of fourth-degree larceny and engaging police in pursuit. He was sentenced to a year in prison.
In that case, Bristol police said Vellon stole a 2014 Honda Accord - valued at about $16,000 - from a gas station on Middle Street, shortly before 10 p.m. on Aug. 16. Police said he approached speeds of about 60 mph or more with no headlights on, while eluding officers before ditching the car.
Vellon was later found by Bristol police and, when officers were telling him to show his hands, one officer was bitten by a police dog. The officer was taken to Bristol Hospital to be evaluated for what was reported to be a minor injury.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.