WOLCOTT, Conn. (WTNH) – Wolcott Police say they’ve caught a serial lawn equipment thief! They responded to a home on Wednesday, for a report that someone was stealing a lawn mower out of the homeowner’s shed. The victim confronted the suspect as the suspect placed the stolen lawn mower in his vehicle, which was a black 2004 Saturn SUV bearing Connecticut registration plate number “935-XCY”. The victim opened the passenger door of the suspect’s vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect when the suspect told him he had a gun and he would shoot him. At this point the suspect ran to his residence and called the police.
After hearing the description of the suspect provided by the victim, Wolcott Detectives, believed that this was the same person that has been and is being investigated for breaking into numerous residential sheds and stealing lawn equipment throughout the Naugatuck Valley area. Wolcott Detectives were able to connect this person, who was identified to be 28 year old, Christopher Esteves, D.O.B. 9/24/87 to the Robbery/ Burglary that occurred at this Wolcott residence. The Wolcott Police believe that Esteves is responsible for other past thefts within the town that are still under investigation.
The Wolcott Detective Division obtained an arrest warrant for Esteves’, who was located at his home in Waterbury and placed under arrest. Esteves was charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree, Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Larceny in the 6th Degree. Esteves also had several active warrants for his arrest out of Waterbury and Southbury. He is currently being detained at the Wolcott Police Department on a $35,000.00 until his arraignment at Waterbury Superior Court in the morning.