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Meriden Police arrest woman for alleged car theft from Bethel

Bethel Police say their colleagues in Meriden have arrested a suspect for stealing a car from Starr Lane last month.  The vehicle was recovered by Meriden Police during their arrest of Julieka Medina last week.  Bethel Police are reminding residents to lock their vehicles at night and to take additional precautions such as placing key fobs in faraday bags or wrapping key fobs in aluminum foil. Since January of 2018, the Bethel Police Department has investigated 19 stolen motor vehicle complaints with the majority of the vehicles being recovered in Bridgeport, New Haven, and Waterbury.  A majority of the arrests have been of juveniles from these cities.  Bethel Police say changes in state laws has led to more juveniles stealing cars.  Officers on patrol have over the midnight shift have either located or encountered suspects in the act of stealing vehicles only to have the offenders engage them in pursuits. Since the Raise the Age legislation and changes in motor vehicle pursuit policies, car thefts in Bethel have significantly increased. From 2000-2011 the Bethel Police Department investigated a total of 16 stolen motor vehicle complaints. From 2015 to 2020, they have investigated 27 stolen motor vehicle complaints, 8 of which are from this year. 

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