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Man Charged in Darien Burglaries Now Charged in Trumbull

The man, Joshua Rivera, was arrested in connection with a burglary ring that hit Darien but extended from southwest to central Connecticut.

A Trumbull man accused in a regional burglary ring , has been arrested again, this time for an alleged burglary in his home town.

Joshua Rivera, 21, turned himself in on a warrant charging him with third-degree burglary, fourth-degree larceny and criminal liability for the acts of another.

Police said he had $1,144 in Xboxes, controllers, a Yankees jacket and a guitar. A home on Norwood Terrace was burglarized, police said.

He refused to identify any accomplices, leading to the liability charge, police said.

Rivera is a brother of Nelson Rivera, one of the first men arrested in connection with the burglary spree.

Darien police have said Joshua Rivera is part of a burglary crew that committed a string of 19 Darien burglaries, mostly to vehicles, but also to houses and a garage, on the night of June 17-18.

Joshua Rivera is charged in Darien with two counts of first-degree burglary—connected with thefts from the house and garage—and 17 counts of third-degree burglary from a motor vehicle.

On top of the Darien burglaries, police said they found stolen property from a slew of other cities and towns in Connecticut: Norwalk, Wilton, Westport, Trumbull, Stratford, North Haven, Cheshire, Cromwell and Meriden. 

One key element in cracking the case was information obtained from one of the department's two license plate readers (also known as LPRs) mounted on the back of Darien police patrol cars.

Joshua Rivera is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond for an appearance Sept. 13 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Editor's note: This article by Trumbull Patch.

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