A Milford auto repair shop owner accused of illegally towing cars from Stratford is facing numerous larceny charges after his arrest on Friday.

Stephen Verity, 27, of Ansonia, is charged with one count of first-degree larceny, four counts of second-degree larceny and five counts of third-degree larceny. Stratford Police said Monday that officers had received complaints that Verity, owner of Steve’s Automotive at 219 Naugatuck Ave. in Milford, was illegally towing cars from town. Police investigators said they determined that between Oct. 1 and Oct. 9, Vertiy towed at least 10 cars from the parking lots at The Dock Shopping Center and Sherwood Apartments. Police said Verity took it upon himself to find “violations” in the parking lot and towed the vehicles to his business without the consent of the property owners as required by state law.

Capt. Frank Eannotti said Verity towed the cars to illegally take money from the car owners seeking their vehicles back.

Vertiy is scheduled to appear on Nov. 3 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

If anyone else had their vehicle towed by Verity and has not spoken to police, they are asked to call Stratford Police Det. John Therina at 203-385-4128.