Man Charged With Torching Ex-Boss’s Car

Police arrested a man who they believe torched a company car belonging to his former boss.

Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:

On Feb. 24, police responded to the corner of Barnes and Middletown avenues, where a GMC Savanna, registered to a Branford business, was on fire. The car’s owner was out of town.

An investigation by police and fire department personnel determined that the fire was arson. They developed a suspect with the help of information from witnesses as well as forensic evidence. They secured a warrant for the 27-year-old suspect, who had worked at the Branford business and had keys to the GMC.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m. police arrested the man on charges of arson, burglary, larceny, and reckless endangerment.

In other police news, according to Hartman:

2 Phone Lines: At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Officers Louis DeCrescenzo and Ryan Macuirzynski pulled over a Nissan Maxima with tinted windows near Chatham and Atwater streets. They smelled “the pungent odor of marijuana” as they approached the car, Hartman said. The 20-year-old East Haven man inside told cops he had weed in the center console. Cops found 27 bags of marijuana there.

Police also confiscated nearly $200 and two phones. The man told police that the iPhone was for personal use and the flip phone was for business. Police arrested him for four drug and two motor vehicle crimes.

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