Five teens arrested after theft leads to stolen vehicle pursuit

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TRUMBULL, Conn. (WTNH) — Five teenagers are facing charges after Trumbull Police say a theft led them on a high-speed pursuit.

According to police, an employee at the Westfield Trumbull Mall reported her bag was stolen from her when a teen male allegedly reached into her vehicle and took the bag. The victim says the teen then ran into a waiting SUV. The vehicle then fled the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

An off-duty police officer noticed the speeding vehicle and notified police.

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Police chased the vehicle through several streets and on both directions of Route 25 before finally stopping the SUV.

Police arrested four juveniles, who were all from Waterbury, and 18-year-old Johnny Aspiliare of Hartford.

Aspiliare is facing charges of Larceny in the 1st Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Interfering with an Officer. He was held on a $10,000 bond and will appear in court on Aug. 21st.

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All of the juveniles were charged with the same charges as Aspiliare. One of the juveniles, identified as a 15-year-old, was also charged with Reckless Operation, Engaging in Pursuit, and a number of other motor vehicle-related charges. They will appear in court on Aug. 21st.