Two teens charged after video ties them to life ring theft from Mystic River Park

Two teens charged after video ties them to life ring theft from Mystic River Park


Stonington Police Department.

STONINGTON — Two teenagers are facing charges after police said a passing vehicle foiled their attempt to steal a life ring from Mystic River Park over the weekend, leading them to toss it into the Mystic River. Police said a camera caught it all and helped tie the teenagers to the theft.

Sean Crowe, 18, of Ledyard, and a 17-year-old juvenile, who was not identified due to his age, were each issued a misdemeanor summons for one count of sixth-degree larceny. Both will face arraignment on the charge in New London Superior Court later this month.

A police report said officers investigating the theft, which was discovered Saturday morning, were able to use closed-circuit security cameras at Mystic River Park, on Cottrell Street, to tie the teenagers to the theft. Police said the boys had taken the life ring from a case attached to the park dock and started to walk away.

The video shows the boys reacting as a car passes by, however, and one of the boys throwing the life ring into the river before the two left on foot. Police said the two were charged a short time later.

The theft marks the second time in six months that area juveniles have been tied to theft of a life ring from the park. In December, police released a set of photographs on social media after a similar life ring, valued at $80, was taken off a Mystic Fire Department vessel that was docked at the location.

The images led to numerous tips and within four hours, police had not only received the identities of three juveniles involved, but one of the juveniles had come forward to apologize and returned the ring. None of the juveniles were charged in that case, police said, due to their cooperation in the investigation and the fact that the stolen item was returned.

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