For Immediate Release: 11/1/2017 3:23 pm
Worcester, MA (November 1, 2017) - On October 31st, 2017 at about 11:40 PM, a Worcester Police officer on patrol observed a Green Toyota Corolla go through the stop sign at Dorchester and Grafton St without stopping. When the officer ran the vehicle’s registration through his mobile data terminal, he saw that the vehicle had been reported stolen. The officer asked for assistance over the radio, and activated his blue lights and siren, stopping the vehicle at 335 Grafton St after other units arrived.
As the officers approached the vehicle, they ordered the operator, later identified as Edgar Colon, thirty-two-years-old of 25 Queen St, to shut off the vehicle. Mr. Colon was unable to do so because the ignition of the vehicle was completely destroyed. This is a common way in which car thieves start older vehicles without keys. The front-seat passenger of the car, Jorge Figueroa, thirty-four-years-old of 2 Agawam St, had a clear view of the destroyed ignition.
The officer also saw various tools all over the front seat, include screw drivers, wrenches, tire wrenches, and metal rods. These types of tools are often used to break into houses and vehicles. A check of CJIS revealed that Edgar Colon did not have a license to operate a motor vehicle in Massachusetts. Both males were removed from the car and placed under arrest. Mr. Colon was charged with Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority, Possession of Burglarious Instruments, and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Mr. Figueroa was charged with Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority and Possession of Burglarious Instruments. They will both be arraigned in Worcester District Court.