Milford police nab car thief suspect

After a car chase and a foot chase, Milford police nabbed a man they believe stole a car from a local dealership and cigarettes from a gas station.

Police said that on May 28, they received a complaint about a motor vehicle and license plate stolen from a car dealership on New Haven Avenue.

The vehicle was described as a late 90s model green Subaru, and the license plate information was also provided to officers.

At about 3:50 a.m. on May 29, Milford police got word of a burglary alarm at a New Haven Avenue gas station. The front door had been forced open and numerous cartons of cigarettes were taken from the business, police said.

“Video surveillance provided officers with a good description of the individual and the suspect vehicle, which matched the stolen vehicle,” police said in a written press report.

At about 4:50 a.m., Milford Police K-9 Officer Degnan located the stolen vehicle at the I-95 northbound rest stop gas pumps. The driver fit the description from the New Haven Avenue burglary, police said.

Officer Degnan tried to block the vehicle and get the driver to get out of the car but the suspect drove off onto I-95 northbound. Degnan chased for a while, but stopped due to public safety concerns.

The suspect later turned the vehicle around on I-95 Northbound and began heading south. The vehicle was located a short time later in the I-95 Northbound rest stop, where K-9 Diesel and Officer Degnan began to track him. Numerous cartons of cigarettes were recovered from the vehicle, but the suspect was not in the car.

While doing a check of the I-95 Southbound rest stop, police found the suspect, who began to run from officers inside the rest stop.

After a brief foot chase, the suspect, David Schoendorf, 42, of 19 Leetes Island Road #1, Branford, was caught and placed under arrest.

Schoendorf is charged reckless endangerment, larceny, possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct, interfering with arrest, breach of peace, reckless driving, and operating an unregistered vehicle.

He was held on a $250,000 bond to appear in Milford Court on May 30.

Milford police are working with other local agencies that have experienced similar burglaries.