Motor vehicle thefts have been keeping New London Police pretty busy lately. On September 15, at about 6:15 p.m., the ongoing investigation into reports of stolen dirt bikes led police to a garage located at 10 Walker Street where they believed one such motorcycle was being stored.
Upon arrival, officers saw 30-year-old Elvin Valentin of New London working on a 2009 Kawasaki KLX-250, dirt-bike style motorcycle underneath a trap. Officers spoke with Valentin and checked the vehicle identification number of the motorcycle and discovered it was stolen from a resident in Montville on August 13.
Police arrested Valentin on the scene along with a 17-year-old juvenile. Both were charged with Larceny 3rd degree. The value of the motorcycle was estimated at $9,000.
Then today, September 16, at about 4 a.m., a resident of Orchard Street was awakened by the sound of someone trying to start his vehicle, which was parked in his driveway. The resident went outside and confronted David Weintraub, 23, of unknown address, who was inside the vehicle. Weintraub fled but the resident gave chase and caught him a short distance away. The resident held him until police arrived and took Weintraub into custody.
A second victim on Orchard Street reported that someone had entered his vehicle during the night and had stolen several items. Police found personal items belonging to Weintraub in the vehicle. They took the items as evidence.
Weintraub was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit larceny 3rd degree and larceny 6th degree. He was held on bond and was presented at G.A. 10 this morning.