SOUTHINGTON - A Naugatuck man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly breaking into a vehicle in a local parking lot and using a debit card he found inside to rack up about $200 worth of charges.
James Young, 36, faces charges of third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card, third-degree identity theft, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police on Saturday, at about 5:23 p.m., responded to the ShopRite parking lot, located at 750 Queen St., on the report of a vehicle burglary. The vehicle owner, an employee at the grocery store, said he normally locks his vehicle, but that he may have forgotten to do so, according to the police report. He said he arrived for work around 9 a.m. and, when he went back to his vehicle around 4 p.m., found that his wallet and sweatshirt were gone.
Shortly thereafter, the 20-year-old victim received multiple notifications on his cell phone indicating his debit card had just been used at the nearby CVS, according to the report. The three purchases totaled $204.21. Police were able to view video surveillance from CVS and from a business near the ShopRite parking lot. Officers then identified the suspect as Young, who was later found at the Motel 6.
Police arrested Young in his room and found multiple bags of suspected heroin, syringes and a glass pipe, the report said. He was held in custody over the weekend and arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court, where bail was set at $20,000.
Young is due back in court on Aug. 27 to enter a plea.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.