Suspected car thief leaves one vehicle, takes another

A man is facing a felony charge in Bridgeport and a possible charge in New Haven after he allegedly swapped a stolen Audi he was driving for another man’s parked car in Bridgeport on Saturday.

WestportPolice say a man had brought his car to a repair shop on Fairfield Avenue in Black Rock and parked the car while waiting for the mechanic to arrive. He left his keys in the car, a 1991 Honda Accord, a left its flashers on while he went to look at cars that were for sale at the shop.

The man told police he then saw a black Audi station wagon make a U-turn and park behind his car. He thought it was the mechanic, but then another man got into his car and drove off. An officer put out a description of the stolen Honda to other police departments.

A short time later, a Westport police officer said he had stopped the stolen Honda on Post Road near Trader Joe’s. The victim was brought to the scene and was able to get his car back. The suspect was identified as Yannick Williams, 23, of New Haven.

Williams was charged with third-degree larceny and his bond was set by Bridgeport police at $5,000.

New Haven police confirmed that the black Audi station wagon had been reported stolen out of that city and indicated that they might be charging Williams for that car.

Wes Duplantier