Flat Tire Leads To Arrest, Armed Robbery Investigation
Police find car used in Connecticut armed robbery when the driver suffered an ill-timed flat tire on a Mahwah roadway
The driver of a vehicle involved in an armed robbery in New Britton, Connecticut was arrested in Mahwah over the weekend after suffering a flat tire while driving through the township, Police Chief James Batelli said Monday.
The arrest was the result of “alert police work by Mahwah [Officer] John House,” who pulled over while on patrol Sunday to offer help to a distressed motorist, Batelli said.
“The vehicle bore a NY registration and the driver stated she was visiting in the area,” but suspicion about her story led House to run her license plate number, Batelli said. “It came back as a wanted vehicle out of New Britain, Connecticut for involvement in an armed robbery.”
During an investigation by House and Officer Richard Albro the driver, Roseann Montalvo, 41, of Staten Island, claimed she lent her 2002 Chrysler to a New York City man who she only knew the first name of, Batelli said. During questioning, Montalvo was found to have a “small bag of marijuana,” and was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Batelli said.
The car was impounded to Mahwah Police Headquarters and processed by members of the New Britain Police Department BCI unit.
Mahwah’s Detective Bureau is now working with authorities from New Britain, Connecticut on the continuing investigation.