Police make arrest in construction site theft
Tips received by Wilton police after they released a surveillance video to The Bulletin and other media outlets on Friday, June 12, has led to the arrest of Michael Rico of Englewood Avenue in Bridgeport for the theft of a metal job box filled with construction tools.
Rico, 39, turned himself in to police Monday night, June 15. He was arrested for the theft of the tools from a residential job site at 71 Hurlbutt Street on June 9. The tools were worth about $2,055. They have not been recovered.
Rico was caught in the act by a security camera, and though he wore a mask as he attempted to spray-paint the lens, he left a large, distinctive tattoo on his right forearm uncovered.
“We received an anonymous tip,” Capt. John Lynch said on Monday, that helped them identify Rico. Police looked for Rico and interviewed people who knew him. When Rico learned there was a warrant for his arrest, he turned himself in. Lynch said police are not sure if Rico worked for the construction company on the job, and the investigation is still open.
Rico was charged on multiple counts including burglary in the third degree, conspiracy, larceny in the third degree, and criminal mischief.
He was held in police custody overnight June 15 on $25,000 bond, and was released on bond Tuesday morning. His court date was Tuesday, June 16.