Westport police seized a car reported stolen out of Rhode Island and arrested the alleged thief and his female passenger before dawn Friday near the Head of Westport, according to a press statement from the Westport Police Department.

At around 3:25 a.m. on March 13, Officer Jeremy Dellecese was driving westbound in a marked cruiser on Old County Road when he saw a vehicle heading east near Drift Road. He ran the vehicle’s registration, and determined it was stolen. He activated his lights, called for backup, and turned his cruiser around to make a traffic stop, according to the statement issued by Det. Robert Rebello.

As the suspicious vehicle approached Pine Hill Road, it reportedly turned into a driveway on Old County Road. Dellecese activated his cruiser lights. The operator, later identified as 40-year-old Shaun McGoran of West Warwick, Rhode Island, exited the vehicle with his hands raised. The officer ordered McGoran to the ground.

Dellecese noticed a passenger in the vehicle and ordered her to show her hands. Samantha Botelho of Fall River, 24, reportedly complied with that order.

Once backup arrived, McGoran allegedly got up and ran away into the side yard of the home on Old County Road. The officers, including Sergeant Bryan McCarthy and Officer Corey Mack, caught the suspect, arrested him, and placed him in the rear prisoner component of a cruiser.

A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed burglary tools, including lock picking devices, bobby pins, and keys. McGoran allegedly admitted that the items belonged to him, stated he had personally made some of them to pick locks, and allegedly admitted to officers he had stolen the vehicle out of Coventry, Rhode Island.

The vehicle search also allegedly yielded drug paraphernalia, including a crack pipe containing residue and empty suspected heroin packets. Inside a small piece of aluminum foil, officers say they located a white substance they believed to be crack cocaine.

McGoran was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, possession of burglarious Instruments, making of burglarious Instruments, failure to stop and to identify himself to police, and unlicensed operation.  Botelho was arrested and charged with possession of Class B drugs in the form of crack cocaine.

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