WESTPORT — Two young men from Westport are arrested after admitting to trying to steal two motor vehicles.

This morning at 1:30 a.m., Officer Jeremey Dellecese was on routine patrol on State Road when his attention was drawn to the Kozy Nook Restaurant, located at 645 State Road. Officer Dellecese was drawn to two individuals against the entrance to the establishment on the building’s east side. Officer Dellecese observed the illumination from a flashlight through the glass vestibule. Upon entering the parking lot, Officer Dellecese noticed two individuals had the majority of their faces covered by knit caps and hoods.

Officer Dellecese encountered both individuals, later identified as 18-year-old Ian Branco and 18-year-old Codie Medeiros, both of Westport. A subsequent investigation by Officer Dellecese, assisted by Officers Luc Sauve and Corey Mack, revealed Branco to be in possession of a utility knife and silver flashlight. Medeiros was in possession of a small folding knife and a green backpack on his back. A shifter from a motor vehicle was also located in the backpack which was in Medeiros’ possession.

Ian Branco, Courtesy Westport Police
Codie Medeiros, Courtesy Westport Police

During the course of their investigation, both Branco and Medeiros admitted to having attempted to “hot wire” a white Chevrolet S10 pick-up truck and a yellow Mustang. Furthermore, Medeiros stated the shifter within his backpack was taken from the yellow Mustang. Officer Sauve located both vehicles in the rear of State Road Auto Sales at 851 State Road and noticed damage to the yellow Mustang.

Other items were located within the green backpack. The Westport Police Department urges any residents within the area to please check their vehicles and contact Westport Police if they notice any missing items.  

Additionally, Westport Police would like to remind all residents to lock their vehicles at night, as the majority of stolen items are removed from unlocked motor vehicles.

Both Branco and Medeiros are being charged with two counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle during the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony, and one count of malicious damage over $1,200. Both men were subsequently transported to the Fall River Justice Center for arraignment.  

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