WILTON — A Wilton man faces burglary, theft and operating under the influence charges after police stopped a vehicle and found several unopened cases of alcohol and cigarettes on the front passenger seat.

Officer Kyle Cutler was patrolling at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and spotted a vehicle parked at TJ’s Market on the corner of Main Street and Weld Road. Cutler drove in to check on it because there had been earlier burglaries at the store but the vehicle pulled out, Detective Rick Billian said.

Cutler stopped the vehicle and found the items in the front seat and an impaired driver.

During an investigation, police determined that the market had been broken into and that alcohol and cigarettes had been taken, Billian said in a release.

Cutler charged Jeffrey Johnson, 43, of Wilton with burglary, theft and driving under the influence and transported Johnson to Franklin County Detention Center where he was later released on bail of $250 cash or $3,000 unsecured. He’s expected in court on Sept. 23.

The Wilton Department asks for members of the public who witness any suspicious activity to call the Wilton Department at 645-4222.

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