A man who stole an SUV from an East Side gas station was quickly apprehended in the South End after a car chase across town late Friday evening, police said Monday.
The owner of the black Lincoln Navigator had left his keys in his vehicle while he went inside the gas station store when the suspect, Alex Hernandez, 43, jumped in the truck and drove away, according to a police report.
Officers responded to the Global gas station located at 765 East Main St. on a report of a stolen vehicle Friday evening. The owner of the vehicle told police that he had left his keys inside his 2003 black Lincoln Navigator while inside the gas station.
When police located the stolen SUV, the suspect refused to stop, and officers gave chase. The pursuit ended in the South End, where the operator bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Numerous officers were in the area and he was apprehended behind a house located on Lipton Place.
Hernandez was brought to Stamford Police Headquarters, where he admitted to having stolen the Lincoln Navigator, according to the release.
He also admitted stealing a white BMW on July 23, according to the statement. Police had found that car, which had been reported stolen, abandoned in the South End, on Manhattan Street. It contained the ashes of the owner’s grandfather.
Hernandez was charged with engaging police in pursuit, second-degree larceny, reckless endangerment, interfering with police, and operating a motor vehicle without a license.
There have been other recent reports of cars with their keys left in them being stolen, and an additional arrest in those cases was expected soon, the police statement said.