Police say Bridgeport man tried to sell stolen GPS to off-duty officers

A confluence of events blocks from Fairfield Police headquarters led to the arrest of a Bridgeport man for allegedly stealing and selling a GPS unit Thursday, Aug. 8.

Jeancarlos Serrano

Jeancarlos Serrano

Jeancarlos Serrano, 18, of Yacht Street, was charged with third-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny.

Fairfield police said Serrano entered an unlocked vehicle in front of Bud’s Deli on Reef Road sometime around noon. He removed a GPS that was mounted to the windshield, police said.

He then walked from there to the area of Sherman Green, in the heart of downtown Fairfield, and just yards from the police station.

Serrano, police said, set about attempting to sell the GPS. Among those he approached were off-duty police officers from Darien and Norwalk, who happened to the downtown, ran into each other and were chatting when Serrano delivered his sales pitch.

The off-duty officers declined, then watched as Serrano sold the Garmin to the driver of a Volvo, who left.

The Volvo was stopped by Fairfield police, using a description given by the off-duty police.

The owner of the GPS by then had approached a Fairfield police sergeant and reported the theft. The owner identified the Garmin recovered from the person who purchased it from Serrano, paying $40.

The Garmin was returned to its owner. The $40 was seized as evidence.

Serrano was arrested, and was being held in lieu of a $1,000 bond until a state bail commissioner ordered that he be released on a promise to appear in court Aug. 16.

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